With much of Oregon hit by major forest fires, Wallowa County basically remains trouble free.
"Wallowa County is amazingly greener than the rest of Eastern Oregon," said Forest Service spokesman Nick Lunde this week.
In the past week one fire has been reported in this county and it was contained by two firefighters at a size of .2 acres. It was at 8,000 foot elevation on Goat Mountain in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area. Using a confined strategy, the small fire is smoldering itself out. The fire was reported Aug. 15 and the firefighters were delivered by helicopter.
Other than one three-person engine crew out of Billy Meadows and a few overhead personnel, fire fighters out of the Enterprise Forest Service office have returned to their respective stations.
Because local thunder storms so far this fire season have been accompanied by moisture, Lunde says, "We have been incredibly fortunate." Isolated thunderstorms with the possibility of precipitation are the forecast for the middle of this week, he added.