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China Cap Fire Update (updated as fire conditions warrant)
China Cap Fire (T4S R42E S25 SE/NE):Inciweb: Date Started: 7/29/14Estimated Acreage: 800 acresLocation: Eagle Cap Wilderness, 25 miles east of La Grande (via... more


Approximate Location

45.183 latitude, -117.483 longitude

Incident Overview

China Cap Fire on 7/29/14, east

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The China Cap Fire started from lightning on July 29, 2014 burning in the Eagle Cap Wilderness between China Cap Ridge and Minam River drainage (T4S, R42E, S25, SENE) in heavy, continuous timber and steep terrain. Due to better mapping and smoke clearing, currently fire size is at 458 acres.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 29th, 2014 approx. 10:00 AM
LocationEagle Cap Wilderness, between China Cap Ridge and Minam River drainage, 25 miles east of La Grande, OR (via ground) and 12 miles (via air) SE of Joseph, OR (T4S, R42E, S25, SE/NE)
Incident CommanderWallowa-Whitman National Forest, Nathan Goodrich (WFZ)
Incident DescriptionChina Cap Fire Started From Lightning On July 29, Burning In Heavy Continuous Fuels And Steep Terrain.

Current Situation

Size725 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Fuels Involved

Heavy continuous timber (Subalpine fir) and steep terrain.

Significant Events

Fire grew approximately 50- 75 acres today (9/18/14) along the ridgeline to the west of China Cap Creek with most of the fire spread north toward the Minam Rive.


Planned Actions

Fire management officers will continue to monitor by air.


The Elk Creek Trail (#1944) has been re-opened.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot dry conditions continue with winds.

Unit Information

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Wallowa - Whitman National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1550 Dewey Avenue
P.O. Box 907
Baker City, OR 97814

Incident Contact

Jodi Kramer
Phone: 541-523-1246

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