Saturday, September 26, 2015

         Dry Gulch – Eagle Complex – Cornet/Windy Ridge
          Fire Information Update
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015
Fire Information: (541) 975-4271
                              (541) 523-1208

 Crews Continue to Extinguish Occasional Smokes 
Firefighters continue to extinguish occasional smokes that appear in the Dry Gulch, Eagle Complex, and Cornet-Windy Ridge fires in this warm, dry weather.  Warm and dry conditions are predicted to continue through the next several days, with no significant precipitation in the forecast.  The fire containment lines continue to hold on these three fires.  Crews are monitoring and patrolling the fires every day, and mopping up smokes that pop up near the perimeter of the fire, and putting out smokes in the interior of the fire as needed.  A helicopter reconnaissance flight is planned over all three fires today to locate smokes and assess the suppression action required.  The helicopter also has a bucket available for water drops.

Dry Gulch Fire  
Resources assigned to the  Dry Gulch fire today include 1 crew and 3 engines, working out of Halfway, OR.  They are continuing to patrol the fire line and mop up hot spots along the perimeter of the fire.  They plan to reroute a hose lay today to get water to another portion of the timbered area on the northern edge of the fire.

The excavators and dozer have finished repairing the effects of fire suppression on contingency dozer fire lines, by pulling back berm material, and spreading brush, limbs and rocks over contingency fire lines that were constructed by dozers.  Water bars were installed to divert run off water along dozer fire lines on slopes.  Suppression repair work on the dozer fire lines used for control along the perimeter of the Dry Gulch fire will be done later this fall when those fire lines are no longer needed for fire containment.

The Dry Gulch fire burned 17,823 acres which includes: 10,396 acres (58%) of Bureau of Land Management land; 2480 acres (14%) on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest; 4814 acres (27%) of other jurisdictions; and 133 acres (1%) of land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  No structures were lost in the Dry Gulch fire. There are no evacuation notices in place for the Dry Gulch fire.

Eagle Complex
Smoke will continue to be visible in the Sullivan Creek area on the east side of the fire.  A hotshot crew and an engine are continuing to secure the fire line and mop up smokes along the perimeter of the fire.  A dozer is repairing the effects of fire suppression on roads in the Eagle Complex.

The suppression repair work has been completed on all the interior and contingency dozer fire lines on the Eagle Complex. Water bars were installed on dozer lines on slopes to prevent erosion.  Berm material was put back in place, and brush, limbs and rocks were spread over these dozer lines.  After the fire suppression is finished this fall, the fire suppression repair work will be done on the primary dozer fire lines used for control around the perimeter of the fire.

All road closures on the Eagle Complex were terminated on September 21st.

Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire 
Occasional smoke is appearing in various locations of the Cornet-Windy Ridge fire. Resources from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon Department of Forestry continue to patrol and monitor the Cornet-Windy Ridge fire every day, to extinguish any hot spots they find along the perimeter of the fire and to put out smoke in the interior of the fire as needed.  Four engines and a small hand crew are working on the fire today.

The Cornet-Windy Ridge fire is located west of Durkee, south of Baker City, and northeast of Hereford, OR.  It is west of I-84, and south of Highway 7.

Fire Restrictions
Seasonal fire restrictions are in effect for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Campfires are allowed in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest with specific requirements for a cleared area, fire ring, tools and water to make them safe.  For more detailed information please contact any Wallowa-Whitman National Forest office or visit the website at    Information is also available at the Blue Mountain Fire Information BlogSpot at

A regulated closure is in effect on state and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast Oregon. Please check with a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information on public use fire restrictions on lands protected by ODF, or visit the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage at:

Fire prevention orders are also in effect for public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  For further information contact a BLM office or the website at
Dry Gulch Fire:
17,823 Acres
90% Containment
36 Personnel
                 Cause-Under investigation
7 miles NW of Richland, OR
OR Dept. of Forestry
Wallowa-Whitman NF
Bureau of Land Mgt.
 Eagle Valley RFPD
Pine Valley RFPD
Eagle Complex::
12,763 Acres
75% Containment
27 Personnel
Cause – Lightning
20 Miles NW of Richland, OR
Wallowa-Whitman NF
OR Dept. of Forestry
Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire:
103,887 Acres
 100% Containment
15 Personnel approx. 
Cause – Lightning           
   4 Miles west of Durkee
OR Dept. of Forestry
 Wallowa-Whitman NF
 Bureau of Land Mgt.       


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