The ELBOW CREEK FIRE is located 26 miles northeast of Elgin and 17 miles northwest of Wallowa, Oregon on the USFS’s Umatilla National Forest.
The ELBOW CREEK FIRE is burning on both sides of the Grande Ronde River. It is said to be threatening the UNF, Wallowa-Whitman NF, BLM – Vale District and ODF lands. Fire is being observed burning in the Grande Ronde River drainage near Mud Springs, about 31 miles southeast of Walla Walla, Washington State.
Evacuations in effect > Wallow County Sheriff’s Office
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It originally had ignited on July 15th around 1445 hours PT from an unknown cause, that is under investigation. fire management is under IC Joby Sciarrino, a Type 3 IMT out of northeastern Oregon.
There has been 18,599 acres of timber and short grass that have been destroyed, which has a successful 20% containment status. Fire behavior is active with spotting and torching.
There are 469 total personnel along with 11 crews, 21 engines and three copters. Six crews arrived yesterday evening with more resources en route and arriving over the next few days.
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Damage assessment includes one structure lost and a total CTD of $1.5 Million.