A lightning-caused fire has burned about 100 acres in the Eagle Cap Wilderness near Joseph, and Forest Service officials said the fire has the potential to grow considerably.
The Hurricane Creek Fire is burning in dense timber on steep slopes in the Dunn Creek area about one-half mile from the Hurricane Creek trailhead.
The fire was reported at 4:30 a.m. Monday.
The Hurricane Creek trailhead is closed.
Although the Forest Service has allowed many lightning fires to burn in the Eagle Cap over the past dozen or so years, fire crews are working on the Hurricane Creek fire. They are using "minimum suppression techniques," designed to prevent the fire from burning outside the wilderness and potentially threatening private property.
The fire has produced large columns of smoke visible from much of the Wallowa Valley.