Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Fire Information Update as of July 30, 2014
China Cap Fire (T4S R42E S25 SE,NE)
Description and Activity: This fire started on 7/29/14, caused by lightning potentially holdover from previous storms. It’s burning in heavy timber (subalpine fire). Aggressive initial attack yesterday; however limited opportunities for firefighters to successfully attack the fire due to steep terrain, continuous fuels, and lack of safety zones. Flights late yesterday afternoon and this morning are showing very active fire situation (see attached photos). Trail closures are being evaluated at this time, with more information to come. Today, Fire Management Officers and the District will be evaluating the situation and developing a suppression plan and containment strategy. At this point, the strategy is to keep the fire north of China Cap ridge and south of the Minam drainage.
Size: 300 acres Containment: 0%
Location: In the Eagle Cap Wilderness, 25 miles east of La Grande, Oregon, burning in between China Cap Ridge and the Minam River drainage
Resources on Fire: Yesterday 8 rappellars, heavy helicopters, and retardant aircraft
Terrain: Heavy timber and steep terrain
Fire Activity: High and very active
Safety Concerns: Firefighter and Public safety remain the primary concern.
Closures: There are no immediate closures; however Fire Management Officers and the District are discussing potential trail closures in the area.
Looking Glass Fire (T6S R44E S4 NW,NW)
Description and Activity: This fire started on 7/29/14, caused by lightning potentially holdover from previous storms. Initial attack productive yesterday.
Size: .75 acre Containment: 0%
Resources on Fire: Initial attack crews
Terrain: Timber, rocky and steep country
Fire Activity: Active yesterday but initial attack successful
Safety Concerns: Firefighter and public safety remains a primary concern due to steep rugged terrain.
Closures: No closures at this time.
Hurricane Creek Fire
Description and Activity: Currently at 502 acres burning in the Hurricane Creek/Dunn Creek drainages in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Hurricane Creek Trail #1807 closure will be lifted on July 31st at 0800 am; however an area closure will be implemented that will be east of the Hurricane Creek trail but the trail will be open. Continue to monitor the fire and evaluate the potential for increased activity while helicopter dropping water on hot spots to minimize or reduce spread.
Description and Activity: Eagle Cap Wilderness, approximately 4 miles southwest of Lostine, OR between Cougar Ridge and Deer Creek. Current size 45 acres and 100% contained. Monitoring by air and on-the-ground visits. Trails closures have been lifted.
Description and Activity: Big Sheep drainage near Muley Creek, 15 miles northeast of Joseph, OR. Current size 160 acres and 85% contained.