Friday, August 6, 2021

Passing Thunderstorms Ignite Multiple Fires in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington

JOHN DAY, PENDLETON, and BAKER CITY, Ore. (August 6, 2021) –  Fire crews in northeast Oregon and southeast Washington are responding to multiple reports of smoke and fire following passing thunderstorms Tuesday evening. Approximately 50 incidents have been reported so far to the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center and John Day Interagency Dispatch Center.

Local initial attack resources have been busy responding to these incidents with support from aerial resources. Additional smoke reports are likely to be detected throughout the next few days as temperatures warm and fire activity increases. Aerial reconnaissance and fire lookouts are assisting with detection efforts.

Current fire danger in the Blue Mountains is EXTREME. Public Use Restrictions are in effect prohibiting campfires, chainsaw use, off-road driving, and smoking. Due to large fire activity on the Forest, the Umatilla National Forest implemented a closure on Aug. 4, 2021, which includes the entirety of the Pomeroy Ranger District lands and the portion of Walla Walla Ranger District lands north of Forest Service Road 64 up to Jubilee Lake, north of Jubilee Lake and east of Forest Service Road 63. The remainder of the Forest is open to public access.

The latest fire information will be posted on the Blue Mountains Fire Information Blog. To receive updates on fires in the Blue Mountains, follow our blog at

Please call 911 to report a wildfire.

For more information about Fire Danger Levels, Industrial Fire Precaution Levels, and Public Use Restrictions, please contact:

Malheur National Forest:
Public Use Restriction Phone Line:  541-575-3113
John Day (541) 575-3000; Prairie City  (541) 820
-3800; Hines(541) 573-4300
Twitter: @MalheurNF 
Umatilla National Forest:
Toll-Free (877) 958-9663
Twitter: @UmatillaNF
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest:
Baker City (541) 523-6391; La Grande (541) 962
-8500; Joseph (541) 426-5546
Twitter: @WallowaWhitman



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