Katy Nesbitt
The La Grande Observer

ENTERPRISE — An early lightning storm Saturday started several fires in all three states that hover around Hells Canyon.

Washington Department of Natural Resource crews responded to two fires Saturday morning — the first was called in around 5:30 a.m. and the second at 9 a.m. — about 12 miles south of Pomeroy on Dry Pataha Creek. According to the Blue Mountain Interagency Center’s website, both .1 acre fires burning in grass and brush were in control status.

A Wallowa-Whitman National Forest North Zone engine responded to a fire 24 miles northeast of Enterprise in the Cold Springs area and the .1-acre fire has been contained.

The Hominy Saddle Fire was called in around 11 a.m. It is burning in timber 35 miles northeast of Joseph, south of Dorrance Cow Camp. Four smokejumpers are on scene at the .1-acre fire.

A fire was called in about 1:30 p.m. 14 miles north of Troy on Ray’s Ridge. One fire engine is on the scene.

The largest fire to break out from the early morning cell is a 100-acre grass fire 37 miles west of Grangeville, Idaho.