HEPPNER — A new wildfire is burning on the Umatilla National Forest and threatening the Tupper Guard Station about 20 miles southeast of Heppner.
The Tupper Corral Fire was reported at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, and by 8 p.m. had grown to 15 acres. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Firefighters will work through the night building containment lines and protecting nearby structures. Resources assigned to the blaze include two bulldozers, six engines, one crew and air attack.
“Fuels are extremely dry and firefighter and public safety remain our number one priority,” said Brian Ebert, Umatilla National Forest Deputy Fire Staff. “Crews will assess the need for direct and in-direct attack strategies as the fire develops.”
Fire danger is extreme in the Umatilla National Forest, and public restrictions on campfires and chainsaw use are in effect. For more information, contact any forest office or call the forest information hotline at 1-877-958-9663.