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Bear Butte Fire

Unit Information

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Baker City, OR 97814

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Incident Contact

Public Information Officer
Phone: 541-523-1208

Highlighted Activity

08/16/2017 Bear Butte Fire Update, Aug. 16 2017
Bear Butte Fire Update, Aug. 16, 2017Wallowa-Whitman Type-3 Incident Management Team Fire crews continue to grid and mop-up areas to check for smoldering or burning embers that could ignite. Recent...
News - 08/16/2017
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The Bear Butte Fire was reported at approximately 2:00 p.m. on August 4, 2017. The fire is burning on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Baker County, Oregon.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 04th, 2017 approx. 02:00 PM
Location20 miles NW of Baker City, OR
Incident CommanderNick Peters
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates44.973 latitude, -118.15 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel121
Size499 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Estimated Containment DateSunday August 20th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory).

Significant Events

No new starts detected; minimal smoldering.


Planned Actions

Continue mop-up and gridding activities. Patrol for hot-spots or new starts. Assist local resources with initial attack.

Projected Incident Activity

Finish mop-up and land rehabilitation activities. Patrol for reported torching and hot spots. Support local resources on initial attack.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

08.19.17-Sunny with a high near 85-degrees. Humidity at 38-percent with winds from the N-NW winds up to 15 mph. Tonight clear with a low around 45-degrees and W-NW winds 5-to-11 mph.