Griz Fire finds heavy fuel in Wenaha Wilderness

photoFire over Eden Bench.

The Grizzly Bear Complex Fire may be 44 percent contained, but it continues to consume more than 75,000 acres; the fire is eating up portions of the Weneha Wilderness where heavy fuels make it hot and healthy.

As a result, the Incident Command has closed Forest Roads 64, 6415, 62 and potions of the 46 and 4608 roads. The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness and some adjacent non-wilderness lands that have been directly impacted by fire also will remain closed.

This non-wilderness area is roughly the area from Big Hole to Eden Bench.

See the websites listed below for maps of the most up-to-date area and road closures.

The National Guard Troops have been excused and personnel is down to 331: eight crews, 20 engines, two helicopters, seven dozers, 11 water tenders and 10 pieces of heavy equipment.

A current closure description and map of closed roads is available at all Umatilla National Forest offices as well as on the Umatilla National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/

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