SIT REP 3 | JUNE 6, 2021 | 2240 PT


A wildfire ignited by lightning is burning about 23 miles southwest of Lewiston, Idaho in Joseph Canyon.

The fire started in the morning hours of June 4, 2021.

It has now crossed over from the Oregon side into the southeastern portion of Washington State.

“This is probably one of the most difficult places to fight fire in Oregon. Joseph Canyon is known for its extreme terrain, communications challenges, and natural hazards.” – Matt Howard, Deputy Agency Administrator for the ODF.

View from Cottonwood Creek late Saturday, Photo by Jana Peterson, ODF
Joseph Fire. Credit – BLM

It was reported by the Washington Department of Resources, which began on the Vale Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands that soon crossed over into the State of Washington protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The fire has burned 4,000 acres of grass and timber. There is a 0% containment status.

Fire behavior contains to be active with running and isolated torching. Conditions also include high winds.

There are 209 total personnel assigned along with 4 crews, 2 engines and 3 helicopters.

Four hand crews, two engines and three helicopters are currently assigned to the fire. Additional aviation and ground resources are arriving steadily.

Fire personnel from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (USFS), Vale Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) are working cooperatively to protect public and private lands affected by the fire.

Northwest 7 Type 2 Incident Management Team is shadowing the interagency Blue Mountain Type 3 Incident Management Team today and will assume command of the fire Monday, June 7, 2021.

A Resource Order was dispatched through the Roseburg Interagency Communications Center at 1151 hours this morning.

Cost-to-date has reached $150,000.

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