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New fires burning in Eagle Cap Wilderness

The China Cap Fire burning southwest of Joseph grew to 300 acres Tuesday afternoon and is being fought by McCall smoke jumpers, single engine air tankers and helicopters. (US Forest Service photo)
The China Cap Fire burning southwest of Joseph grew to 300 acres Tuesday afternoon and is being fought by McCall smoke jumpers, single engine air tankers and helicopters. (US Forest Service photo)
JOSEPH — Eight smoke jumpers landed on the China Cap fire in the Eagle Cap wilderness late Tuesday morning. By nightfall it had grown to 300 acres.

The jumpers are being assisted by single-engine air tankers and helicopters dropping retardant and water on the blaze. The fire is burning in heavy subalpine fir in steep terrain, making firefighting from the ground difficult.

A release from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest said flights Tuesday afternoon and this morning are showing very active fire activity 12 miles southwest of Joseph.

Trail closures are being considered.

Today, La Grande fire management officers are developing a suppression plan and containment strategy. At this point, the main objective is to keep the fire north of China Cap Ridge and south of the Minam River.

The Looking Glass Fire, 22 miles northeast of Baker was reported Tuesday afternoon. It was held at less than an acre by Blue Mountain helicopter rappel crew members.

 

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