Terrain
Satellite
OSM
Joseph Canyon
FIRE
7,610
acres
28 mi
S of Lewiston, ID
95%
contained
Fire Status:
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
23 mins, 42 secs ago
Incident #:
2021-ORVAD-000347
Fire Start:
Friday, June 4, 2021 11:20 AM PDT
Fuels:
Grass, Brush, Timber
Dispatch Notes:
Unknown cause, ODF stat fire, resources responded 6/4
Primary Fire Agency

Bureau of Land Management — Vale District

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 1 month ago

Incident Photo for the Joseph Canyon Fire

The Joseph Canyon Fire was one of multiple ignitions resulting from an overnight lightning storm June 3-4. It was reported Friday morning, June 4, by Washington Department of Natural Resources as burning in steep, rugged terrain in northern Wallowa County.

Located 23 miles southwest of Lewiston, ID, the blaze began on Vale Bureau of Land Management lands, but soon crossed over into Washington state lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry.

 Three large airtankers dropped retardant along the perimeter of the Joseph Canyon Fire Friday to slow the fire growth.  In addition to firefighter delivery, three Type 2 helicopters were used to drop water on hot spots.

The fire continued to burn actively overnight in the flashy fuels and was estimated to be approximately 2,500 acres by Friday afternoon. Cooler temperatures, reduced wind and moister air slowed the fire on Sunday and Monday, while crews made significant progress in containment. The fire is currently estimated at 7610 acres with 95% containment. Control of the fire was returned to the local unit on June 11 and will be patrolled and monitored using air resources.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Lightning
Date of Origin:
Friday, June 4, 2021 10:15 PM PDT
Location:
Joseph Canyon
Incident Commander:
BLM Vale District
Incident Description:
Wildfire
Coordinates:
45.989, -117.081

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
96
Size (Acres):
7,610
Containment:
95%
Estimated Containment Date:
Monday, June 14, 2021 12:00 PM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Short Grass (1 foot)
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events:
Minimal, smoldering

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Monitor and patrol with air resources
Projected Incident Activity:
Minimal spread expected due to suppression actions taken, and weather forecast. Very little smoke present. Fuels will remain wet with cool and moist conditions.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Very moist southerly flow and low pressure resulted in a steady rainfall Wed night through early Thursday afternoon. Significant precipitation amounts over the fire area and ICP. 0.20" to 0.50"
with locally higher amounts are expected by noon Thursday. Temperatures will be cool with highs in the 50s Thursday.
Wet weather will create slippery muddy road concerns.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
BLM Vale District
Phone: 541-523-1407
Fire Unit Information
Vale District
Bureau of Land Management
Oregon
Vale, OR 97918

Dispatch Contact

Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center | La Grande, OR
541-963-7171
http://bmidc.org