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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mt Harris wildfire proves fire season isn’t over yet

A fire broke out Saturday afternoon east of Imbler, Oregon, proving that fire season isn’t quite over yet. The fire moved quickly from near Market Lane and is now approximately 97 acres burning in mixed timber, brush and grass on Mt. Harris. It is currently on private lands. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
Interagency firefighting resources were integral in battling the fire on Saturday afternoon. Firefighters led by the Oregon Department of Forestry responded from around Northeast Oregon to the scene.  Local rural fire departments from around Union County and the U.S. Forest Service assisted ODF with containment efforts.
Resources currently on scene include two helicopters, eight fire engines, multiple bulldozers and hand crews. Firefighters will work through the night to secure control lines, and then operations will continue for several days to patrol and monitor the fire for hotspots, as well as mop-up operations to further secure the fire area.
Firefighting resources will be prominent in the Mt. Harris area for the next few days. Currently, the Mt. Harris Road is closed to all uphill traffic, and downhill traffic will be led through the fire area. People are reminded to use caution while travelling in the area. Public and firefighter safety are primary concerns for fire managers.
The weather forecast for the week calls for more warm and dry temperatures with no precipitation in sight. The public is reminded that lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry are still under a Regulated Use Closure. No open fires are permitted at this time. 
More information for fire danger in Northeast Oregon can be found at
Contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for complete information on ODF Restrictions:
        La Grande Unit          (541)963-3168
        Baker City Sub-Unit   (541)523-5831
        Wallowa Unit             (541) 886-2881
        Pendleton Unit           (541)276-3491
To report a fire, contact:
Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch       (541) 963-7171
Or, call 9-1-1

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National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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