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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday July 29th, 2014 approx. 10:00 AM|
|Location||Eagle 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 Commander||Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Nathan Goodrich (WFZ)|
|Incident Description||China Cap Fire Started From Lightning On July 29, Burning In Heavy Continuous Fuels And Steep Terrain.|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||50%|
Heavy continuous timber (Subalpine fir) and steep terrain.
Fire has grown approximately 350 acres over the past week. The fire is burning actively along the ridgeline to the west of China Cap Creek, with most of the fire spread north toward the Minam River. A Type 1 Helicopter is being used to slow down fire spread. Fire managers continue to monitor the fire for increased activity. Smoke will be visible periodically as the fire continues to burn.
Fire management officers will continue to monitor by air and use a helicopter for suppression as necessary.
The Elk Creek Trail (#1944) has been re-opened.
Hot dry conditions continue with winds.