China Cap Fire

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China Cap Fire

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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

Total Personnel3
Size1,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Fuels Involved

Heavy continuous timber (Subalpine fir) and steep terrain.

Significant Events

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.


Planned Actions

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.

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 Ave Suite A
Baker City, OR 97814

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