Sunday, August 26, 2018

Umatilla National Forest Fire Update

News Contact: Darcy Weseman, (541) 278-3722
August 26, 2018 - 9:30 a.m.

PENDLETON, Ore. – Firefighters continue to make progress in containing wildfires caused by the recent thunderstorms. The Walla Walla Ranger District picked up one fire yesterday near Table Springs burning in heavy timber. The fire is located 19 miles southeast of Walla Walla, Washington and is approximately one quarter of an acre in size. Firefighters worked to contain the fire last night and three firefighters are on scene today to continue suppression efforts. The weather will continue to be cooler this weekend with increased relative humidity, which will aid firefighting efforts in containing wildfires.
The Harrison Fire remains 30 acres and is now 90% contained. The fire is located 16 miles west of Sumpter, Oregon, within the Greenhorn unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness on the North Fork John Day Ranger District. This section of the wilderness is remote and in steep terrain, making access difficult.  Today firefighters will continue to secure control lines and conduct mop up activities on the fire. Mopping up includes searching for pockets of heat, digging out the heat source, and cooling with water. Resources on scene include 36 firefighters. An area, trail and road closure within the vicinity of the Harrison Fire is in effect.  A map and detailed description of the area closure is available at any Umatilla National Forest office and at the bottom of this news release.   
Firefighters’ suppression efforts continue to hold on the Gilman Fire, located near Gilman Flats on the Heppner Ranger District and Prineville Bureau of Land Management lands that are protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. The fire is 954 acres in size and 100% contained.  Today firefighters will continue mop up activities within the fire perimeter. Currently 30 people are assigned to the fire, including one hand crew and three engines. Grant County has issued a Level 1 Pre-Evacuation Fire Advisory for the area of Monument, Ritter, Dale and Middle and North Fork communities. The advisory area extends from Hwy 402, north to the Grant County line, and Hwy 395 west to the Grant County line. Residents in the area should make advance preparations and stay tuned for further updates. For additional information on this pre-evacuation fire advisory please visit and click on the emergency alert system link.
Fire officials want to remind everyone that the current fire danger rating remains at EXTREME and Public Use Restrictions involving campfires and chainsaw use are in effect.
Similar restrictions may be in effect on State and private lands protected by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA-DNR).  More information can be found on the WA-DNR website at:  
For more information regarding Restrictions, please contact:
Umatilla National Forest:
Information Hotline: Toll-Free (877) 958-9663
Twitter: @UmatillaNF

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Harrison Fire Closure Description

The area closure includes:
The area within the following boundary: starting at the Ben Harrison Trail Head, heading generally north along the North Fork John Day (NFJD) Wilderness boundary towards the junction of where the NFJD Wilderness boundary intersects the Lost Creek Trail (National Forest System Trail (NFST) 3002), then south along NFST 3002 to the junction of the Ben Harrison Trial (NFST 3173), then east along the NFST 3173 back to the Ben Harrison Trail Head. The area is approximately 6,575 areas in size. Prohibited access does not apply to use of Forest Road No. 10.
The trail closures include:
·       National Forest System Trail (NFST) 3173 - East of the Ben Harrison Trailhead on the Ben Harrison Trial to the Junction of NFST 3002 of Lost Creek Trail

·       National Forest System Trail (NFST) 3002 - Lost Creek Trail south of the Lost Creek Saddle Camp Trailhead

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