Fire Information: 541-523-1246 or 541-519-4623
Forest Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman
Members of the public interested in receiving fire information updates are asked to send an Email request toWallowaWhitman1@gmail.com.
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is currently in Phase A of the Public Use Restrictions (PURs), which addresses use of campfires, chainsaws (firewood cutting), internal combustion engines, smoking, generators, and off-road/off-trail vehicle travel. The specific PURs information can be found at the end of this document or at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/PURS.
The Forest is experiencing a higher level of human-caused fires; so Forest Officials encourage everyone to be safe and careful when recreating, hunting, or using the National Forest. EVERYONE needs to MAKE SURE their campfires are DEAD OUT before leaving their site; the fire should be cold to the touch with no potential to ignite. We are still in fire season… even though temperatures are getting cooler at night, vegetation is still very dry, and the weather is still hot during the day.
Forest officials also want to remind visitors to check frequently with local district offices on fires in the area and closures associated with fire activity. The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has a 14-day stay limit for camping and visitors should not leave a camp unattended for more than 24 hours. Additional information on the 14-day stay limit can be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5251602.
EAGLE CAP WILDERNESS
West Fork Fire (T4S R45E S7):
Date Started: 09/08/14
Location: Eagle Cap Wilderness, West Fork drainage in Adam and Johnson Creeks, 8 miles south of Joseph, 3 miles from Wallowa Lake
Estimated Acreage: 135 acres
Current Status: Continuing mop up today (9/17/14) and backhaul of excess equipment. Some interior vegetation is burning producing smoke, with one smoke up high which is inaccessible to fire crews.
Closures: The Ice Lake Trail #1808 remains closed. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place for the air space surrounding the West Fork Fire; however fire management officers are evaluating lifting the TFR in the next few days. The TFR has a 5 mile radius. Details for the West Fork Fire TFR, FDC 4/3745 can be found athttp://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_4_3745.html . This restriction also prohibits para-gliders and hang gliders in this air space near the fire.
Hurricane Creek Fire (T3S R44E S15 SE/NW):
China Cap Fire (T4S R42E S25 SE/NE):
Current Status: Fire grew approximately 50 acres today (9/17/14) along the ridgeline to the west of China Cap Creek with most of the fire spread north toward the Minam River
Katy Mountain Fire (T4S R43E S7 SE/SW):
HELLS CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
Freezeout Ridge Fire (Idaho side of the Snake River - T22N R2W S4):
Date Started: 09/05/14
Estimated Acreage: 2,761 acres
Location: Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Hells Canyon Wilderness in Idaho, on Freezeout Ridge, approximately ½ mile west of Horse Heaven Cabin, approximately 11 miles from Riggins, Idaho.
Management Strategy: Monitor/Contain Cause: Lightning
Terrain: Steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain, burning in timber and grass
Fire Activity: Very Active
Resources Assigned: Type 3 Incident Commander with five fighters; 2 - Type 1 helicopters, 1 - Type 3 helicopter, and Union Hotshots assigned to the fire.
Closures: The following Trail Closures are in effect for public and firefighter safety (see attached map):
· Trail #113: Closed from Junction with Trail #625 southwest to Junction with Trail #192/#191
· Trail #101 (#101A): Closed from Junction with Trail #625 south to Junction with Trail #214 and #124
· Trail #192: Closed from Junction with Trail #189 north to Junction with Trail #194/191/113.
· Trail #194 (#113): Closed from Junction with Trail #214 east to Junction with Trail #191 (#113)
· Trail #191: Closed from HCNRA Wilderness Boundary by Holbrook Saddle to Junction with Trail #113/192.
· Trail #214: Closed from Junction with Trails #124/#114/#101 south to Junction with Trail #189 at Stevens Saddle.
Area Closures may be necessary, as well, so please continue to check Inciweb for current information at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4102/. No public use restrictions apply in the Idaho side of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
Resources/Structures Threatened: Horse Heaven Historical Cabin and Jackley Lookout.
Current Status: Fire was very active yesterday with spotting to the west into the upper reaches of Two Creek northwest of Horse Heaven Cabin and to the northwest within approximately 500 yards from the bottom of Dog Creek. Fire also continued to burn in heavy fuels in the Horse Heaven Lake area. Suppression efforts with helicopters, aimed at preventing the fire from spreading through old burn scars further to the north of Horse Heaven Lake and east, south of Mill Creek, and southwest of Dog Creek will be a focus again today. The fire did continue to back down canyon along Anchor Creek toward Granite Creek, where helicopters were also used to slow fire spread.
Somers Fire (Oregon side of the Snake River- T3N, R50E, Sect 28, NW/SW):
Closure: The Area Closure is still in effect, see Inciweb for Closure Map and Description.
Bald Sisters Fire (Malheur NF):
· Area closures and burning restrictions: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/wallowa-whitman/alerts-notices
· Blue Mountains Interagency Dispatch Center: http://bmidc.org
Visit the Blue Mountains Interagency Dispatch Center (BMIDC) web site 24 hours a day at: www.bmidc.org orwww.inciweb.nwcg.gov for current information about fires, weather, and fire closure information. For more information about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, please call 541-523-1246 or 541-523-1302. Public-use restrictions will be updated on a recorded message line at: Baker City (541) 523-1234, La Grande (541) 962-8679, and Enterprise (541) 426-5552, and are also available online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman/.
Phase A of the Public Use Restrictions includes the Seasonal Campfire Restrictions but does not apply to designated Wilderness areas and specified exempted developed recreation sites (see Forest websites for exempted sites or areas). The activities that fall under the seasonal campfire restrictions include:
1. Campfires allowed only in fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock, or commercial rings and in areas not conducive to rapid fire spread, at a minimum clear of flammable material within a radius of 5 feet from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material. Use existing pits wherever possible.
a. Campfires must be attended at all times, and completely extinguished prior to leaving.
b. Persons with campfires are required to have an axe, shovel, and one gallon of water in their possession (except in specified developed recreation sites listed in the Forest Order).
c. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled gas and wood burning stoves equipped with a chimney that is at least five (5) feet in length with a spark-arresting screen consisting of ¼ inch mesh hardware cloth are allowed.
d. Use of charcoal briquettes is permitted within the clearing requirements outlined under #1 above.
In addition, following are the other restrictions that apply under Phase A of the PURs:
· Chainsaws may be operated only between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 pm local time. A one-hour fire watch is required after saw operations cease. Saw operators are required to have an axe (minimum 2 lb head, 26” length), shovel (8” wide, 26” length), and fire extinguisher (minimum ABC 8 oz) in their possession.
· Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles and buildings, developed recreation sites, or cleared areas.
· No motorized vehicle travel off National Forest System roads or National Forest System trails, except for the purposes of going to and from campsites when such campsites are located within 300 feet of an open National Forest System road. No motorized vehicle trails on any National Forest System road or segment where access is blocked or impeded by a gate, barricade, log, boulder, or earthen berm.
· The use of exploding targets is prohibited.
As a reminder, there are also site-specific year-round public use regulations in effect in the following locations:
· Wallowa-Whitman: Grande Ronde River (WAW Forest Order T-2010-WW-0616-07): Fire restrictions (campfire, smoking, driving off-road) are in effect on lands within a ¼ mile of the Grande Ronde River located in Wallowa county, OR.
· Wallowa-Whitman: Snake River in Hells Canyon NRA (WAW Forest Order 207-01): Yearlong fire restrictions (building, maintaining, attending or using fire or campfires) on land within a ¼ mile of the Snake River in Hells Canyon NRA.
o All lands within ¼ mile of Hells Canyon Reservoir between the mouth of Spring Creek and downstream to Hells Canyon Dam on the Oregon side only.
o All lands within ¼ mile of the Snake River on both sides of the river from Hells Canyon Dam downstream 71.5 river miles to the Oregon-Washington border at Snake River Mile 176.0.
· Wallowa-Whitman: Eagle Cap Wilderness (WAW Forest Order 357-02): Specific campfire restrictions in the Eagle Cap Wilderness such as:
o Building, maintaining, attending or using a camp fire within 100 feet of any lake or posted wetlands (36 CFR 261.52(a)).
o Building, maintaining, attending or using a camp fire within ¼ mile (1320 feet) of the following lakes: Bear Lake (Bear Cr. Area), Blue Lake, Chimney Lake, Dollar Lake, Eagle Lake, Frazier Lake, Little Frazier Lake, Glacier Lake, Hobo Lake, Ice lake, Jewett Lake, Laverty Lake, Maxwell Lake, Mirror Lake, Moccasin Lake, Prospect lake, Steamboat Lake, Sunshine Lake, Swamp Lake, Tombstone Lake, Traverse Lake, and Upper Lake. 36 CFR 261.52(a).