Friday, July 3, 2015

Wallowa Whitman National Forest - Lightning Wildfire Update

Wallowa Whitman National Forest Lightning Wildfire Update

News Contact: Katy Gray (541)519-4623

Baker City, OR: Multiple fires have been reported to the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center (BMIDC) as a result of recent lightning activity.  Both staffed lookout towers and aerial reconnaissance continue to pick up hold over activity as the hot, dry weather continues.

The Dennis Creek Fire, located in the Eagle Cap Wilderness about 15 miles east of Union, OR, is currently burning in steep, rugged terrain with limited access and grew to 40 acres yesterday afternoon, with smoke visible from both Baker City and La Grande, OR.  Current resources include sixteen smoke jumpers from McCall Smokejumper Base, one Medium Helicopter and two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT).  Additional ground and aerial resources are on order. The Whitman District reported an additional 3 fires since June 29th and excellent response from fire crews kept all three fires under ½ acre.

As we head into this hot and dry 4th of July weekend, it is important to remember that Fireworks and the Forest do not mix! Fireworks can cause costly and dangerous wildfires, especially when conditions are hot and dry and vegetation is receptive to sparks. Fireworks and exploding targets are prohibited at campgrounds and elsewhere on public lands. Recreationists should also check on local fire restrictions before heading out, and consider whether a campfire is necessary.

The fire danger rating remains at HIGH and Public Use Restrictions involving campfires and chainsaw use are in effect.  For more information about the Wallowa Whitman National Forest’s Public Use Restrictions, please contact any forest office or visit our website at Additional Blue Mountain Fire information can be found at:

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