JUNE 6, 2021 | SUNDAY | 1715 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.

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 3,700 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 107 total personnel assigned along with 4 crews, 2 engines and 3 helos. An IC IMT 2 (NW Team 7) is in comand.

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


The SYCAN RIVER FIRE has been fully contained.

679 acres were burned.

There are still 140 personnel attached with 3 crews and 8 helicopters.

No structures were reported as damaged or destroyed.

$1 Million is the Cost-to-date.

Cause is unknown.


The Mehl Creek fire is located on the Oregon Department of Forestry lands, about two miles west of Elkton, Oregon.

110 acres consumed. 10% containment has been reached.

There are 140 total personnel assigned alongside of eight crews and two helicopters.

Total costs-to-date are $120,000.

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