Granite Gulch
FIRE
4,600
acres
33.7 mi
ESE of La Grande, OR
3 weeks
time burning
ACTIVE
Last Updated: 17 mins, 34 secs ago
Incident #: OR-WWF-000609
Fire Start: Sunday, July 28, 2019 6:36 PM PDT
Fuels: Timber
Dispatch Notes: Lightning caused. Fs stat fire. Resources on scene. Wilderness, other than full supression 7/28.

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential


Fire Weather Forecast


Incident Overview Updated: 2 hours, 45 mins ago

The lightning-caused Granite Gulch Fire is burning in a remote part of the Eagle Cap Wilderness within the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. It remains far from private lands, structures, or improvements.

Forest Service fire managers are pursuing a confinement strategy that calls for active management to keep the wildfire within specific, pre-identified areas of the upper Minam River drainage and well-within the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Fire managers will take appropriate suppression actions, as necessary, to meet multiple objectives:

  • keeping the fire confined to specific areas of the Wilderness,
  • allowing it to play a natural role in maintaining the ecosystem,
  • reducing hazardous fuels,
  • reducing the risk of future wildfires burning out of the Wilderness and onto general forest or private lands, and
  • reducing the risk that future wildfires pose to the public and firefighters.

Area residents and visitors should expect to see some smoke, and when the fire is active a column of smoke may be visible above the Wallowa Mountains.

Forest visitors who wish to travel through the upper Minam River area should contact the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest's Wallowa Mountains Office at 541-219-6863. An area closure was issued Aug. 23 for the area between Rock Creek Trail and Trail Creek Trail, which drains into the Minam River, excluding Elk Meadows. Advisory signs have been posted at numerous trailheads.

Please call 911 if you spot a wildfire.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Lightning/natural
Date of Origin:
Sunday July 28th, 2019 approx. 05:30 PM
Location:
Eagle Cap Wilderness, Granite Gulch of Upper Minam River
Incident Commander:
Adam Wing WWF
Incident Description:
Wilderness Fire
Coordinates:
45.178, -117.427

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
12
Size (Acres):
3,400
Estimated Containment Date:
Tuesday December 31st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events:
Moderate, Backing, Single Tree Torching, Short Uphill Runs

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Observe and track from the air. Remove ground resources ahead of expected weather. Confine with T1 Helicopter if necessary.
Projected Incident Activity:
Movement to the West and East
Remarks:
No anticipated containment or completion date at this time.

Contact

Incident Contact
Larisa Bogardus
Email: lbogardus@blm.gov
Phone: 541-219-6863
Fire Unit Information
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1550 Dewey Ave, Suite A
Baker City, OR 97814