Sunday, July 7, 2013

Three Wildfires Break Out in Payette National Forest, Owyhee Blaze Under Control

Posted By on Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Three separate wildfires erupted in the Payette National Forest Saturday.

The largest—the Weiser River Fire—has scorched approximately 60 acres near Fruitvale and is burning on private and Bureau of Land Management land under the fire protection of the Forest Service.

A second fire was reported near Steck Park, where the Weiser Fire Department battled the blaze.

A third fire, in the Frank Church Wilderness area near Cold Meadows, is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service, primarily using air tankers and helicopters.

Meanwhile, in Eastern Oregon, officials in the BLM Vale District have announced a fire prevention order, taking effect immediately. Officials say visitors or campers should not build any campfires. Smoking is also not allowed outside of a vehicle, trailer or building, unless visitors are on a river or lake.

The new restriction came as firefighters were cleaning up the Owyhee Fire, which burned more than 46,000 acres of Eastern Oregon. Owyhee Lake Road has reopened but Owyhee State Park is only open for primitive camping, as no electricity is currently available.

Nearly 250 firefighting personnel battled the Owyhee Blaze, which was sparked by lightening on July 1.

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