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Fires light up NE Oregon

Pittsburg Fire continues to grow in Hells Canyon, another fire starts near Wallowa

ENTERPRISE — A new wildfire, dubbed the Cougar Fire, flared up Thursday around 4 p.m. south of Wallowa. The fire was held at 20 acres last night.

“They hit it really hard with single engine air tankers,” said Jodi Kramer, public information officer for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Willy Crippens of the Wallowa-Whitman said four Sled Springs rappellers were assigned to the fire Thursday night, and today there will be an additional 10 helitack crew members a 20-member hand crew.

Crippens said the Cougar Fire is on the national forest close to the Eagle Cap Wilderness and is surrounded by old fire scars.

“The spread potential to the north is really limited,” said Crippens.

The Hurricane Creek Fire that broke out Monday morning is still at 120 acres. Crippens said about five acres burned Thursday inside the fire’s perimeter. “It cleaned up some interior islands and a bunch of spots grew up the hill and tied into each other. Our lines along the north side looked good at the end of the shift.”

Crippens said there is fire line around approximately 15 percent of the fire, but much of the terrain is steep and impossible to reach so the fire has burned into rocks and an avalanche chute. He said they are working the edge of the fire with helicopter bucket drops.

For the full story, see Friday's issue of The Observer

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