UPDATE: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Boulder Creek and Hunt Mountain Fires and Hells Canyon Creek Fire
BAKER CITY, Ore – Fire crews made good progress on the Boulder Creek Fire today with fire line around the perimeter and approximately 15% containment. A fire camp is being established at McBride Campground. The fire increased slightly from 3 to 4 acres during the day with some tree torching within the fire perimeter. Crews continue to locate and suppress spot fires outside of the main fire perimeter.
A public closure order (#2017-0616-Whitman-005) has been issued for the McBride Campground, forest road 7715 and trail 1885 to ensure public safety and avoid congestion and hazards associated with fire-fighting traffic.
*Evacuation Level I, “be ready” remains in effect for the Boulder Creek Fire area. This applies to the area beginning at the community of Carson (3 miles NW of Halfway), north along the east side of Pine Creek to East Fork Pine Creek, west to the Eagle Cap Wilderness boundary, southwest along wilderness boundary to trail 1946, southwest to Eagle Creek and Paddy Creek confluence, east and southeast to point of beginning (community of Carson). The Baker County Sheriff’s Office has made initial contact with residents in this area.
The Hunt Mountain Fire grew only slightly today to 0.15 acre as helicopter bucket drops helped ground crews achieve 50% containment. Fire line has been constructed around the fire’s perimeter. Hand crews will continue to work toward containment and mop up around the perimeter to enhance fire lines. Crews are expected to remain on site for the next several days.
The Hells Canyon Creek Fire was reported today approximately 25 miles east of Joseph, OR. This fire is 5 acres in size and located in steep, remote terrain. Retardant was used this afternoon to assist smoke jumpers and rappellers on the ground.
Temperatures are expected to increase to the upper 90’s and possibly 100 by the weekend. The public is reminded to adhere to public use fire restrictions which are in Phase C, extreme fire danger on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Details on fire restrictions can be found at: http://bmidc.org/restrictions.shtml.