Saturday, July 31, 2021

Elbow Creek Fire Update July 31, 2021 9 a.m.

 Wallowa, OR – The Elbow Creek Fire showed no growth over the last 24 hours and now stands at 22,960 acres. Containment has reached 64 percent.  

The fire did flare up within containment lines yesterday as extreme heat, single-digit humidity and light winds increased fire behavior in unburned fuels. Because the fire activity was well within containment lines, firefighters had little concern. Just to be sure, however, two helicopters worked in unison to keep the fire in place. 

As mop-up operations continue, so too does the contingency work on the north side of the fire, with crews improving roads and removing roadside vegetation in the event a backup fire break be needed. 

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for this afternoon through Sunday.  Thunderstorms are expected to develop over the area with erratic winds and chances for abundant lightning. There is also a high probability of heavy rainfall that could bring between ¼ and ¾ of an inch of rain.  

Evacuation levels within Wallowa County remain unchanged for now. Additional information on evacuation levels is available on the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page (  

The Umatilla National Forest remains closed as well as several roads within the fire area. 


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