This information is from the Incident Management Situation Report from National Interagency Coordination Center: "The fire started on BLM land five miles east of Umatilla, Oregon. This fire is burning brush, tall grass and short grass with active fire behavior with backing and uphill runs. Residences are threatened and road and area closures are in effect."
BLM, US Fish & Wildlife, Umatilla Rural Fire Protection District, Echo Fire, UCFD1, and East Umatilla County RFPD and others are on scene working to contain the Juniper Canyon Fire. Brush 62 and Tender 62 are on the fire line working with the other agencies to try and contain the fire.
A S.E.A.T. plane (single engine air tanker) is being used and has been pulling water from the Columbia River, as well as a helicopter with a bucket.
Update from Central Washington Interagency Center at 6:30 pm: Acres burned - 10,492, located 8.4 miles WNW of Helix.
On July 27 at 1:13 pm East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District responded to a combine fire about 1-1/2 miles on Midway Road. While mopping up on the vehicle fire, one of the farmers received a call that a combine was on fire at the shop. EUCRFPD units cleared from the hay/vehicle fire and responded with the brush truck, water tender and command vehicle to the combine fire.
The temperature outside was 109°F while fighting these fires.
The cause of this fire was an overheated bearing on the combine.
On July 27 at 11:42 am, East Umatilla County RFPD was called to a vehicle and hay fire out Midway Road to Gerking Flat Road.
Responding for East Umatilla County RFPD was a Type 6 Brush Truck, a Water Tender and a command vehicle with 4 personnel. Tribal responded with a Type 6 Engine, but was released soon after arrival.
The farmers were amazing getting the machinery in there to get to the bottom of the fire.
The cause of this fire was a mechanical issue.
On July 25 at 4:45 pm, East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District was called to quick moving fire that was heading into timber on Pambrun Road, at milepost 4.5 at the Wildhorse Creek Draw.
Upon arrival, two water tenders from the Betts and Davis Ranches were spraying water, putting the fire out. When East Umatilla County RFPD arrived they put out hot spots and started mop up stages until the Bureau of Indian Affairs arrived and the scene was released to them and Tribal Fire.
"Thank you to the farmers and ranchers for the rapid response and for keeping the fire in check until we got there," said Assistant Chief Andrews.
There were no injuries and this fire is still under investigation at this time.
On July 24, at 12:27 pm, East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District responded to a stubble field fire on Gerking Flat Road. Upon arrival, the local farmers had done most of the work of putting the fire out with a disc and water trucks. East Umatilla County RFPD was there to take care of the hot spots and mopping up. The fire was approximately a half an acre.
Responding units were 2 brush trucks, Tender 61 and Chief Baty for East Umatilla County RFPD, Athena Volunteer Fire Department brought an engine and 5 firefighters, for structure protection and Umatilla County Sheriff's Office. Pendleton Fire and Tribal Fire were called, but were cancelled after Chief Baty arrived on scene and did a size up of the situation.
"The farmers did an amazing job of putting the fire out with a disc and water trucks, they did all the hard work," Chief Baty said.
No one was injured and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
On July 23, 2018 at 8:04 pm, East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District responded to a one-vehicle accident at Highway 11 at milepost 17 by Medic 61 to provide traffic control and a landing zone for Lifeflight.
Upon arrival, Chief 61 and Brush 71, from Helix, were on the south side of the accident controlling traffic while Brush 72 from Helix, and Brush 63 were on the north side of the accident controlling traffic and preparing for the landing zone for Lifeflight.
One patient was transported by Lifeflight 12 to an area hospital while another was treated and released.
East Umatilla County RFPD and Helix Fire had left the Upper Dry Creek incident to respond to this accident, because everything was under control and were in mop up stages at the time.
On July 23, 2018, at 7:15 pm, East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District and Helix Fire, were called to Upper Dry Creek Road for a vehicle and grass fire. Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department also responded and was already on scene and had the fire under control when our units arrived.
Milton-Freewater Rural brought 1 Class A Engine, 13,000 gallon tender, 2 type 3 engines and 1 type 6 engine. East Umatilla County RFPD and Helix Fire brought 3 type 6 engines, 1 type 3 engine and 1 tender.
One-tenth of an acre was burned as well as a work truck. No person or animal was harmed in this fire.
Thank you to Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department for answering the call. This fire could have gotten away from all of us.
While mopping up, East Umatilla County RFPD was called to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 11 at milepost 17. (see second press release.)
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