All welcome at Thursday night bingo

LA GRANDE — La Grande Post 43 of the American Legion, 301 Fir St., is hosting bingo from 6 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. each Thursday evening. Everyone is welcome. Cash only, please.

Area closure issued in and around Granite Gulch Fire zone

BAKER CITY — A news release from the Vale District BLM Oregon/Washington announced the enactment of an area closure in and around the Granite Gulch Fire zone to ensure public safety. The area between Rock Creek Trail and Trail Creek Trail, which drains into the Minam River, excluding Elk Meadows, was closed to the public Aug. 23 and will remain until rescinded on Oct. 1, according to the release. This closure is necessary to provide forest visitors protection from the hazardous conditions associated with the current fire situation on the Eagle Cap Ranger District of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. For more information, contact the Vale District BLM Oregon/Washington office, 3100 H St., Baker City, at 541-523-1407.

Lecture explains fire refugia and pyrodiversity

JOSEPH — Garrett Meigs, PhD, a disturbance ecologist at OSU’s College of Forestry, will give a free presentation Aug. 30 at the Wallowology Natural History Discover Center, 508 N. Main St., Joseph. “Fire Refugia in Oregon’s Forests: Learning from the Land and How to Deal with Change,” part of the Climate Change Biological Impacts Series, will begin at 7 p.m.

Fire refugia — locations that remain unburned or burn less severely than surrounding areas — influence forest regeneration, wildlife habitat and subsequent disturbance dynamics. Understanding the landscape conditions that support fire refugia and overall pyrodiversity may enable land managers and stakeholders to prioritze locations for forest restoration and habitat conservation.

Multiple agencies team up to gain quick control of
Mt. Fanny Fire

LA GRANDE — Firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest teamed up for an aggressive initial attack beginning Aug. 20 on the Fanny Fire using air resources, fire engines and hand crews. The five-acre Fanny Fire, located approximately two miles east of Cove, was caused by lightning.

“The excellent teamwork and dedication of our firefighters was critical for this outcome,” said Bill Gamble, La Grande District Ranger for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. “This is a shining example of the coordinated response envisioned by the Cohesive Wildfire Strategy and a testament to the positive working relationships here in Northeast Oregon.”

There is currently no estimate of the containment percentage due to the spottiness of the burning and the level of heat in some areas. Crews continue to extinguish burning or smoldering material while also carefully managing safety risks as they work in steep terrain.

The road to Moss Springs Campground and trailhead is still open. Drivers should drive slowly and yield to firefighters.

3 Rivers Race will take place Oct. 5

ISLAND CITY — Shelter From the Storm’s annual
3 Rivers Race, which aims to raise awareness of domestic violence, has been rescheduled for Oct. 5. Shelter From the Storm is seeking volunteers to help with the event. For more information on the event and on volunteering, call 541-963-7226. Shelter From the Storm is located at 10901 Island Ave., Island City.

Fiber arts and jewelry exhibit will be inspired by farmers market

LA GRANDE — Art Center East’s fourth annual Fiber Arts & Jewelry Exhibit, to be held in February and March 2020, will have a farmers market theme. This year’s exhibitors are invited to create a piece inspired by a photo taken at a local farmers market. As in last year’s Fiber Goes Vogue exhibit, the photo that inspires each piece will be displayed next to it.

This annual community exhibit creates a platform for the underrepresented branch of visual arts and to showcase local fiber and jewelry artists. The exhibit is sponsored by Union County’s own La Grande Quilt Shop. To find out more about the exhibit — and submit an application to hold your spot — go to, stop by ACE at 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande, or call 541-624-2800.