On August 25, East Umatilla Co RFPD and Helix RFPD assisted with covering the wheat pile at the corner of Highways 334 and 335.
On August 10 at approximately 12:15am while on the Upper Dry Creek Fire EUCRFPD was asked by Tribal Fire to provide mutual aid for a fire on Pambrun Rd. A hillside with a large amount of hay bales was on fire near the location of the July 25 Pambrun Rd Fire.
EUCRFPD sent a Type 6 and Tender with another Type 6 arriving later.
On Aug 9th at 9:30 pm. EUCRFPD responded to a fire above Upper Dry Creek Road and Highway 11.
EUCRFPD and Helix Fire had 6 units respond, Milton Freewater Rural arrived with 6 units, ODF brought 2 Type 6 vehicles and BIA brought a Type 6.
About 40 acres of tall grass and stubble was burned.
Working together on all these fires has given us a good rapport with all surrounding agencies. When we need help, they come out of the woodwork and when they need help, we do our best to assist in any way we are capable of.
This fire is in mop up stage which means you'll be able to see orange glows up on the hillside. We have units watching the fire tonight in case something flares back up.
On Aug 9, 2018 at 11 am, East Umatilla County RFPD responded to a report of smoke seen off of Highway 204. After arriving on scene it was discovered that there was a tree smoldering because of a duff fire.
A Type 6 engine from EUCRFPD, the Helix Water Tender and the command vehicle responded with four firefighters. They proceeded to dig up the debris and cool the heat sources by putting water on the area. There was no flame.
Thank you to the Oregon Dept of Forestry. They arrived with two Type 6 engines to assist, stay, and make sure there were no more problems.
Working with the different fire crews builds a good rapport between the agencies. They can depend on us and we can depend on them if something big happens.
Aug 2, 2018 at 11:21am, East Umatilla County RFPD was called to a fire at Tubbs Ranch Road. Upon arriving on scene, the fire was actually in a wheat field on LaCourse Road near a residence. 1 residence was evacuated on Spring Hollow Road because the wind was blowing towards the house at the time.
Responding units were:
The cause of the fire is to be determined. 25 acres were burned and the fire was in standing wheat and stubble.
Again thank you to all who came out to assist with this fire.
On August 1 at 11:42am, East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District was called upon to provide mutual aid for a fire burning on Lincton Mountain.
"Lincton Mountain Fire: 3:45 p.m. Update:
A fire near the lower end of Lincton Road near Milton-Freewater started today and is currently estimated to be 200-300 acres in size. While not currently on Oregon Department of Forestry protected land, the fire is encroaching towards the protected area. Milton-Freewater Rural Fire District is operating in Unified Command with Oregon Department of Forestry.
The fire is moving east towards the Walla Walla River Road, but the forward progression of the fire has been slowed through utilization of air attack including helicopters and SEAT (Single Engine Air Tankers) planes. Farm equipment and dozers are also being used to stop the blaze.
Evacuations of residents in the immediate area of the fire as well as Harris Park residents have been notified to evacuate with a Level 3 evacuation notice “GO!” Residents along the South Fork of the Walla Walla River Road are currently at a Level 1 “Ready” evacuation notice.
The cause of the fire is under investigation."
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On August 1 at 3:40am, East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District was requested to provide mutual aid support to Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department for a 400-acre fire burning along Lower Dry Creek Road. Per the request, East Umatilla sent two brush trucks, a water tender, and the Fire Chief which arrived to find the fire burning up and along the east hillside. Both fire departments worked successfully together to extinguish the blaze.
Photos provided by Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department.
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.