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Human-sparked Indian Lake fire burns over 200 acres

Firefighter seriously injured in wreck on way back from fighting fire

East Oregonian

Published on August 5, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on August 6, 2017 12:03AM

Wildland firefighters spent Saturday trying to contain a human-caused fire three miles east of Indian Lake.

According to a Saturday evening update from the Oregon Department of Forestry, the fire covers 222 acres and is 55 percent contained.

Firefighters will stay on scene overnight to hold control lines, and the total response included 10 engines, three tenders, three dozers and air support.

No roads have been closed or evacuation orders issued, but people are encouraged to avoid the area. The fire, which was first spotted Friday afternoon, is burning on a mix of private and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands, as well as the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Investigators are trying to determine the specific cause, though the agency said it was sparked by a human.

One ODF firefighter was hurt Saturday afternoon in a vehicle wreck on Interstate 84 west of Meacham returning to the Pendleton office. The firefighter, who was not identified in the press release, was flown from the scene to a local hospital with serious injuries, according to an ODF news release.

Two other large fires are burning in northeastern Oregon:

• The Bear Butte fire, a mile northeast of Anthony Lakes Recreation Area in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, was 500 acres and 10 percent contained Saturday at noon. It was last moving away from the recreation area.

• The Clarks Creek Fire is burning seven miles southeast of Elgin and is about 90 acres.

The forecast calls for thunderstorm potential later in the week, and the ODF is reminding the public that fire danger is extreme in the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman forests. Updates can be found at http://bmidc.org/index.shtml.


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