The Rock Creek fire in the Elkhorn Mountains about 13 miles northwest of Baker City is 75% contained, and it has not grown beyond the estimated 60 acres that burned on Aug. 30, the day the blaze was reported.
An aerial armada that dumped thousands of gallons of fire retardant and water within several hours slowed a fast-moving wildfire that flared up Monday afternoon, Aug. 30 and has burned about 6…
Fire crews are trying to slow a new fire burning near the head of Rock Creek high in the Elkhorn Mountains west of Haines. The fire is estimated at 40 acres and is burning actively, with torch…
Joe Hessel remembers when the Dooley Mountain fire, which burned 20,000 acres south of Baker City over several days, was a “giant” blaze.
Noel Livingston slides the cursor across the charts on his computer screen and what he sees, lurking behind the zig-zagging lines and the multiple colors, is trouble.
Firefighters from multiple agencies quickly doused a grass fire late Wednesday, July 21 near Huntington that might have been sparked by the illegal use of fireworks.
Baker County has so far missed the big wildfires burning in Oregon and elsewhere in the West, but the county hasn’t avoided the most noxious of their byproducts.
PENDLETON, Ore. (July 16, 2021) – With persistent extreme hot and dry conditions, active large wildfires, limited firefighting resources and concern for public safety, forest officials have te…
Charlie Tracy and a team of Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative employees spent much of Wednesday, July 7, trying to solve an electrical mystery.
A rare morning lightning storm touched off a wildfire in northern Malheur County on Wednesday morning that could easily have turned into a major blaze fanned by gusty winds.
A wildfire in eastern Baker County that had major potential for rapid growth ended up fizzling early Monday evening, July 5, but it took half a dozen aircraft, along with bulldozers and firefi…
The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and fireworks are harder to come by than usual. A nationwide shortage of fireworks has affected stands across the country, including in Baker City.
Lightning has sparked more than 20 wildfires in Northeastern Oregon this week, but crews, with an assist from rain showers, have quickly corralled most of the blazes before they burned more th…
Mountaintop cameras are the newest tool for finding wildfires, and unlike human lookouts, the cameras are on duty all the time.
Trevor Lewis is standing beside the black skeleton of what used to be a willow tree, and he knows how it looks.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Vale District is enacting more stringent fire season restrictions, including a ban on campfires, starting Thursday, July 1.
With fire season arriving early due to drought and a record-setting heatwave, some Baker County property owners are working with their neighbors to reduce the wildfire risk on their properties.
Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative wants its members to know that there is a potential that the cooperative will temporarily cut power this summer to reduce the risk of power lines sparking wildfires.
Temperatures aren’t the only thing more typical of late July than of late June in Northeastern Oregon.
In just two days, Joanna Mann went from college student to newspaper intern in the smallest town she’s ever lived in.
Joel McCraw needed to find someone willing to spend the summer atop a mountain that has a three-state view but is far out of sight of any coffee shop or grocery store.
Noel Livingston and Joel McCraw ponder the coming fire season with not a small amount of dread.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said this week that he will lobby the Biden administration to spend at least $1 billion more per year for logging, prescribed burning and other work designed to make fed…
Baker City Council members will have a chance Tuesday evening, May 11, to query county officials about multiple topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wildfire Awareness Week is designed to remind people about the threat of wildfires yet to come, but this year it seemed that the event might be a trifle late in bringing its message in Baker County.
They wind their way between the pines like wraiths, dripping dollops of fire with each stride.
The Baker City Council created a draft list of its goals during a work session Tuesday evening, Feb. 16.
A federal official has decided to cancel a rule that has banned the cutting of large live trees on national forests east of the Cascades in Oregon since 1995.
Dennis Bachman and Jason Yencopal got a surprise on Oct. 27 after using Baker County’s emergency alert system to let Baker City residents know that fire-suppression foam had accidentally enter…
Republican Cliff Bentz of Ontario won by a wide margin in the race for the open congressional seat representing Central and Eastern Oregon, voting returns showed.
The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is planning its largest project in about 20 years to reduce the risk of a wildfire spreading through Baker City’s watershed.
The “window” has opened for lighting prescribed fires on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, but forest officials want to prevent the resulting smoke from wafting through real, rather than fi…
The long-term effort to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires on federal forests in the northern Blue Mountains will speed up starting in 2021.
If the sign hadn’t survived, B.J. Lynch wouldn’t have known the pile of ashes was once a church.
Gayle Combs can see the danger simply by looking out her windows.
A late-season lightning storm sparked two wildfires southeast of Baker City on Friday, but crews from multiple agencies doused both blazes over the weekend.
A Halfway man serving a three-year probation term for starting a Sept. 20, 2018, fire on his property that spread to adjoining land and burned an estimated 800 acres has been charged with diso…
Baker County’s air quality improved slightly Thursday and Friday and could be even better early this weekend, but forecasters say wildfire smoke likely will slink back and sully skies for much…
Ted White strolls the sidewalk on the north side of Auburn Avenue on a morning that more resembles London cloaked in its famous autumn fog than Baker City on the final week of summer.
Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative (OTEC) has sent a five-man crew and a superintendent to assist residents left without power due to wildfires that devastated the town of Detroit in Marion Cou…
Human-caused wildfires are troubling because they can’t be predicted, Todd Pederson said, but the danger is even more acute when smoke blocks views like a pea soup fog.
The pall of smoky pollution that has cloaked Baker County and much of Oregon the past several days is likely to persist at least into this weekend.
While the most destructive wildfires in Oregon history are ravaging much of the state west of the Cascades, the northeast corner, where blazes are more common, remains relatively calm.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Vale District is urging outdoor recreationists to be careful during the Labor Day weekend as the fire danger remains high, and many restrictions are still in effect.
Wildfires that have burned hundreds of thousands of acres in Northern California have also dimmed skies in much of Eastern Oregon with smoke.
The combination of record-high temperatures and widespread lightning has elevated the wildfire risk in Northeastern Oregon this week.
A wildfire that started Monday evening near the Baker/Malheur county border north of Ironside is growing this afternoon, producing a towering smoke plume.
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to cancel a rule that has banned the cutting of large live trees on national forests east of the Cascades in Oregon for the past quarter century.
A wildfire in Malheur County between Vale and Juntura grew rapidly after being reported Sunday afternoon, reaching 8,000 acres by Monday morning.
The morning heat increases the scent of fir rising in puffs behind the boots of Kylie Siddoway.
The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, in response to rising wildfire danger, will impose more stringent restrictions on campfires and chainsaw use starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 31.
Firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service and BLM are working on or searching for wildfires sparked by lightning during a electric Wednesday evening in Northeast…
BAKER CITY – With recent hot, dry weather increasing fire danger in Eastern Oregon, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has implemented Phase A of the Public Use Restrictions (PURs) to limit t…
A fire season that’s so far been tranquil in Northeastern Oregon could become more boisterous later this week.
Firefighters from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry, along with aid from aircraft, contained a human-caused wildfire that burned 6 acres Wednesday near Phil…
Oregon Wildfire News
On July 20, a curious haze blanketed the sky across the eastern half of the United States. Sunsets appeared redder than normal, the atmosphere looked gray and dense and air quality plummeted. …