Firefighters had reached more than 50% containment on several major Oregon wildfires as of early Friday afternoon.
President Joe Biden is sounding the alarm about the need for more resources to fight a series of wildfires in Western states, as climate change has worsened the spread and ferocity of the blazes.
Lightning ignited 19 wildfires across Central Oregon Thursday, including one dangerously close to Bend, according to fire officials.
The Elbow Creek Fire did not grow any Thursday, July 29, and remained at 22,955 acres, the Type 1 ODF Incident Management Team 3 fighting the fire said in an update Friday morning.
MALIN, Ore. — Judy and Jim Shanks know the exact date their home’s well went dry — June 24.
Gov. Kate Brown visited the nation’s largest wildfire on Wednesday, flying past 413,000 acres of burned forest in a helicopter, then speaking with fire officials in Bly.
PORTLAND — Portland has banned homeless people from camping in forested parks to both protect them from potential wildfires and prevent them from accidentally starting blazes during a summer o…
The Elbow Creek Fire is now 50% contained, and its new growth was again minimal, as the fire added just 54 more acres and has burned 22,955 as of Thursday, July 29.
At least two counties in rural Eastern Oregon are raising objections to the River Democracy Act, a federal bill that would add nearly 4,700 miles of wild and scenic rivers across the state.
Pacific Gas and Electric, a utility company serving 16 million Californians, plans to bury 10,000 miles of power lines throughout Northern California to reduce wildfire risk at a cost of up to…
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Australia has sent a jet air tanker to the United States to help fight wildfires.
On July 18, the Bootleg Fire generated what appeared to be a flaming tornado, sweeping skyward from the trees and into the towering thunderheads above.
WALLOWA COUNTY — The growth of the Elbow Creek Fire has been stymied by a team of more than 1,000 fighting the blaze.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The governors of California and Nevada on Wednesday planned to tour the state line area blackened by one of several massive wildfires that have destroyed dozens of hom…
EDEN BENCH — They were given the notice to evacuate within an hour of the Elbow Creek Fire starting.
Fire officials were hopeful Tuesday that cool temperatures, increased humidity and isolated showers would help them continue to make progress against the nation’s largest wildfire, the Bootleg…
On July 18, the Swamp Wells Trail Fire ignited off of China Hat Road roughly nine miles south of Bend. The fire grew from two acres to 64 acres overnight, and fire officials warned that it had…
Authorities hoped improving weather will help them continue to make progress against the Bootleg Fire in Klamath and Lake counties.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As drought- and wind-driven wildfires have become more dangerous across the American West in recent years, firefighters have tried to become smarter in how they prepare.
INDIAN FALLS, Calif. — California's largest wildfire merged with a smaller blaze and destroyed homes in remote areas with limited access for firefighters, as numerous other fires gained streng…
WALLOWA COUNTY — The Elbow Creek Fire has surpassed 20,000 acres, but crews fighting the blaze are starting to get an upperhand.
WALLOWA — Link Smith has previously fought fire in every portion of Oregon except for the northeastern corner.
Evacuation notices have been updated in the area of the Elbow Creek Fire, with some residents being given the OK to return home — though they need to stay on high alert.
WALLOWA COUNTY — Firefighters have made gains on the Elbow Creek Fire, but a couple areas of the blaze have given them fits over the last few days.
WALLOWA COUNTY — The latest infrared mapping on the Elbow Creek Fire burning in northwestern Wallowa County has its size at 18,599 acres, according to the latest update Wednesday, July 21, fro…
WALLOWA COUNTY — The reported size of the Elbow Creek Fire is up to 17,271 acres as of Tuesday night, July 20, and crews from Type 1 Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management team 3 sh…
WALLOWA COUNTY — The latest infrared mapping done on the Elbow Creek Fire shows the fire now at 17,260 acres and 15% contained, according to the latest information from Type 1 ODF Incident Man…
WALLOWA COUNTY — Containment on the Elbow Creek Fire is up to about 15%, an update from the Type 1 Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 working the blaze said late Monday n…
WALLOWA COUNTY — The Elbow Creek Fire is continuing to grow in size.
WALLOWA — Firefighters have performed a successful burnout operation to the southeast of the Elbow Creek Fire, while at least two other places are giving them fits, staff working the fire said…
ENTERPRISE — Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3, led by Incident Commander Link Smith, has assumed operations on the Elbow Creek Fire, according to a press release on S…
WALLOWA COUNTY — With the Elbow Creek fire up to 10,941 acres, the Umatilla National Forest and surrounding river areas remain temporarily closed to the public. The announcement was made on Fr…
WALLOWA — Although residents threatened by the Elbow Creek Fire have been given a Level 3 evacuation order, not all are leaving, Paul Karvoski, Wallowa County emergency services director, said…
WALLOWA — Firefighters and trucks from agencies all over Oregon converged on Wallowa on Saturday evening, July 17, to make plans to take over fighting the approximately 11,000-acre Elbow Creek…
Growth of the Elbow Creek Fire seemed to be at a minimum Saturday, July 17.
WALLOWA COUNTY — The Elbow Creek Fire, in the northwestern corner of Wallowa County, has quickly spread and became the state’s third largest wildfire.
Wallowa County is getting help from neighboring sheriff's offices as it battles the Elbow Creek Fire and works through evacuations.
ENTERPRISE — The air quality in Wallowa County is expected to change significantly over the next couple of days.
Wallowa County Commissioner Todd Nash shared some news from the Oregon Department of Forestry that shines a ray of hope on the Elbow Creek Fire: Troy appears to be safe.
SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Elbow Creek Fire, the governor's office announced around noon Saturday, July 17.
WALLOWA COUNTY — Residents and visitors need to stay away from the Promise and Troy area.
WALLOWA COUNTY — The Elbow Creek Fire, which is located in the northwest corner of Wallowa County, has quickly extended its acreage to become the third largest fire in Oregon. As of 9:10 a.m. …
Crews have been able to hold a key line to the south of the Elbow Creek Fire, according to an update Saturday morning, July 17.
MINAM — The Minam State Recreation Area boat ramps have been closed due to the Elbow Creek Fire, according to an update from Oregon State Parks Friday, July 16.
While nowhere close to the size yet, the Elbow Creek Fire bears some similarities to the last major fire to burn in the area.
The cause of the Elbow Creek Fire continues to remain under investigation, Oregon Department of Forestry Duty Officer David Weaver said Friday afternoon, July 16.
WALLOWA COUNTY — The Elbow Creek Fire continues to spread rapidly, and as of Friday afternoon, July 16, is at an estimated 12,000-13,000 acres, according to David Weaver, duty officer with the…
The Wenaha Wildlife Area, which is in a region directly impacted by the Elbow Creek Fire, has been closed, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday afternoon.
WALLOWA COUNTY — The Elbow Creek Fire, which started Thursday afternoon, July 15, in Northwestern Wallowa County, has quickly grown to an estimated 9,000 acres, and caused the evacuation of re…
PENDLETON — Persistent extreme hot and dry conditions, large wildfires, limited firefighting resources and concern for public safety prompted U.S. Forest Service officials on Friday, July 16, …
WALLOWA COUNTY — Residents on Eden Bench west of Flora and of Troy have been ordered to evacuate, according to a post Thursday afternoon, July 15, on the Wallowa County Sheriff's Office's Face…
Oregon Wildfire News
- Crews starting to gain ground on Elbow Creek Fire
- Elbow Creek Fire is now 50% contained
- COVID-19 case count in Wallowa County climbing
- Elbow Creek Fire nears 22,000 acres, now 25% contained
- Closures in Wallowa County due to fire
- Wallowa County sees spike in COVID cases
- Mask mandates back at schools, indoor athletic events
- Commissioners oppose ‘Rivers Democracy Act’
- Pinkerton to join La Grande School District
- Elbow Creek Fire now 43% contained
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