Information regarding current wildfire activity in the Blue Mountain area of Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington. Hosted by Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center, Oregon Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District, Umatilla National Forest, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Elbow Creek Fire burning on the Walla Walla Ranger District
PENDLETON, Ore. (July 15, 2021 - 5:30 p.m.) Firefighters are actively suppressing a rapidly growing wildfire
located near Mud Springs, approximately five miles northwest of Promise,
Oregon. The fire is burning on or threatening Umatilla National Forest
lands, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest lands, Vale District Bureau of Land
Management lands and Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands.
The Elbow Creek
Fire, which is currently estimated to be 700-1,000 acres in size, was
reported on Thursday, July 15 at 2:32 p.m. and is burning in grass and timber.
The fire is burning actively today as hot and dry conditions are
contributing to increased fire behavior and rapid growth. The cause of the
fire is under investigation.
The Wallowa County
Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation notice for community
members that live in the Eden Bench area. A Level 3 means those within the
evacuation area should leave immediately. Additional information regarding
evacuations is available through the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office at
(541) 426-3131 or by monitoring the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office
are aiding in initial attack efforts, including support from Oregon
Department of Forestry. Firefighter suppression efforts are also
being supported by various aerial resources, including two helicopters and
fixed wing retardant. Additional resources are on order.
Fire officials want to remind everyone that
the current fire danger rating is EXTREME and public use
restrictions involving chainsaw use, smoking and off-road travel are in effect.
For more information regarding
Restrictions, please contact: