OR | Joseph Canyon Fire | 3

SIT REP 3 | JUNE 6, 2021 | 2240 PT

JOSEPH CANYON FIRE

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.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

OR | Wildfire Activity | 2

JUNE 6, 2021 | SUNDAY | 1715 PT

JOSEPH CANYON FIRE

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.

SYCAN RIVER FIRE

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.

MEHL CREEK FIRE

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.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

OR | Wildfire Activity

JUNE 5, 2021 2015 HOURS PT

JOSEPH CANYON FIRE

A new wildfire ignited by lightning is burning about 23 miles southwest of Lewiston, Idaho. The fire started in the morning hours of June 4. 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.

Joseph Canyon Fire, June 4, 2021
Credit | BLM – Vale District

About 2,500 acres of grass have burned. It is burning in steep rugged terrain in the Joseph Canyon area of northern Wallowa County, Oregon.

On Friday, three airtankers dropped retardant on the fire perimeter inside the canyon, in addition to three Type-2 helicopters dropping water on hot spots.

Did You Know? | There were 22 new fires in the Northwest area in the last 24 hours which one became a large incident and making that three not contained wildfires burning. – NIFC

DRY CREEK FIRE

A second new fire is burning near the Joseph Canyon Fire and burning in the Walowa-Whitman National Forest. It too was sparked by lightning on June 4th.

Resources include: BLM Oregon, ODF and the USFS – Wallowa-Whitman NF.

This is an 80-acre fire.

Photo of the Medford Air Tanker Base, circa 2014. Repairs at the base were recently completed, and will ensure greater safety for operations heading into this fire season and those in the future.
Medford Airtanker Base. Credit | Rogue River-Siskiyou NF

SYCAN RIVER FIRE

The Sycan River Fire is burning on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, about 20 miles northeast of Beatty, Oregon. 679 acres of grass, timber and brush have been destroyed. Crews have successfully contained it to 75%. Expected full containment is expected on June 16, 2021.

There are 57 total personnel assigned along with one crew, and seven engines.

Total estimated fire suppression and containment costs to date is $1,000,000.

Did You Know? | As of June 4th, there were acres burned in 2021 to this date compared to last year at this time, which is four times the 10-year average. – ODF

MEHL CREEK FIRE

The Mehl Creek fire is located on Oregon Department of Forestry lands, about two miles west of Elkton, Oregon. 110 acres of timber and slash have been consumed.

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

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

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog