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Officials express optimism about Phillips Creek Fire

Forest fire officials, speaking at a community meeting, expressed optimism Wednesday night about the progress being made to contain the 1,582-acres Phillips Creek Fire, which is seven miles northwest of Elgin.

Lime Hill Fire Grows, Huntington Threatened

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The Lime Hill Fire west of Huntington was reported earlier Wednesday and has already grown to more than 7,000 acres. (BLM photo)
VALE – The Lime Hill Fire off of Interstate 84 near mile marker 344 has grown substantially. 


La Grande City Council votes to fund additional police officer position

The La Grande City Council voted to fund a new police officer position in Wednesday night's city council meeting.

South fire line of Phillips Creek Fire closer to being secured

Firefighters are closer to taking a big step forward in their battle against the 1,582-acre Phillips Creek Fire.


Fire crews fighting wildfires off I-84

BAKER CITY — Bureau of Land Management Vale District resources are responding to three wildfires off of Interstate 84. The fires were reported today around noon.


Livestock community rallies to help those in need amid fire

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Horses and other animals are put into trailers and evacuated by families living near Summerville Road on Monday. Since the weekend the fire started, the lives of farm animals has been the main priority for home owners in the area. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
There’s no shortage of pasture for livestock displaced by the Phillips Creek Fire.

Higher temps hurt fair numbers

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Organizers of last week’s Union County Fair say overall fair attendance was down from last year’s numbers. Organizers say last week’s high temperatures are to blame. (Observer file photo)
The Union County Fair enjoyed a robust start last week before sizzling temperatures cooled its momentum.

LGFD and the Ambulance Advisory Committee to discuss ground transport

The La Grande Fire Department and the Ambulance Advisory Committee have some things to discuss after the Union County Commissioners meeting made it seem like there's a lack of communication between the the department and the Grande Ronde Hospital. 


Elgin supplying 10,000 gallons of water

The City of Elgin has been supplying about 10,000 gallons of water per day for the Phillips Creek Fire since the fire broke out.

BRIEFLY: Wander at Wallowa Lake State Park

WALLOWA LAKE — This Saturday, Wallowa Land Trust staff will lead an outing from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Meander through Wallowa Lake State Park and learn about botany and geologic history. Wanderers will meet at the park at 9 a.m. For more information, call 541-426-2042 or go to www.wallowalandtrust.org.


Aircrafts slowing Phillips Creek Fire

Portions of the 1,500-acre Phillips Creek Fire, about seven miles northwest of Elgin, remain near Highway 204, but officials do not believe this is cause for undue alarm.


Phillips Creek Fire meeting set Wednesday

ELGIN — Details about the Phillips Creek Fire will be presented Wednesday night when the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 holds a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Elgin Community Center.


Chainsaw use prohibited and campfires allowed in designated areas

Some restrictions will be implemented beginning Thursday on the Malheur, Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman Naitonal Forests due to extreme fire danger, the potential for human caused fires and concern for public safety.


Phillips Creek Fire now 5 percent contained

The Phillips Creek Fire expanded by about 400 acres Monday but there is encouraging news to report this morning.

UPDATE: Phillips Creek Fire threat growing

Story updated at 5:30 p.m.

The number of homes threatened by the 1,100-acre Phillips Creek Fire is growing.


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