Phillips Creek Fire

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Phillips Creek Fire

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Approximate Location

45.608 latitude, -118.061 longitude

Incident Overview

Aug 8 - Evening Fire Photo

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The Phillips Creek Fire started Saturday afternoon, August 1. The fire is burning 7 miles NW of Elgin, Oregon in grass, brush, slash and heavy timber predominantly in the Phillips Creek Drainage on both Umatilla National Forest and adjacent State protected private lands. The fire was determined to be human caused due to an abandoned campfire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused
Date of OriginSaturday August 01st, 2015 approx. 03:15 PM
Location7 miles NW of Elgin, OR
Incident CommanderMatt James

Current Situation

Total Personnel168
Size2,601 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday August 20th, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory), Short grass (1 foot), Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Active, isolated torching, backing.


Planned Actions

Mop up and hold along the entire fire perimeter. Continue repair work on contingency lines where appropriate.

Projected Incident Activity

Interior islands of unburned material will continue to burn with isolated flare ups and occasional torching. Scattered thunderstorms with gusts to 25 mph. Continued holding and mop up along fire perimeter. Continue repair work on contingency lines. Cooler temperatures and terrain driven winds.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Gusty winds and temperatures above normal. Cooler temperatures and breezy winds are expected by the weekend.

Unit Information

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Umatilla National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Pendleton, OR 97801

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