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Granite Gulch Fire

Unit Information

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1550 Dewey Ave, Suite A
Baker City, OR 97814

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A column of smoke rises from No Name drainage, east of Granite Gulch.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The lightning-caused Granite Gulch Fire is burning in a remote part of the Eagle Cap Wilderness within the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. It remains far from private lands, structures, or improvements.

Forest Service fire managers are pursuing a confinement strategy that calls for active management to keep the wildfire within specific, pre-identified areas of the upper Minam River drainage and well-within the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Fire managers will take appropriate suppression actions, as necessary, to meet multiple objectives:

  • keeping the fire confined to specific areas of the Wilderness,
  • allowing it to play a natural role in maintaining the ecosystem,
  • reducing hazardous fuels,
  • reducing the risk of future wildfires burning out of the Wilderness and onto general forest or private lands, and
  • reducing the risk that future wildfires pose to the public and firefighters.

Area residents and visitors should expect to see some smoke, and when the fire is active a column of smoke may be visible above the Wallowa Mountains.

Forest visitors who wish to travel through the upper Minam River area should contact the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest's Wallowa Mountains Office at 541-219-6863. An area closure was issued Aug. 23 for the area between Rock Creek Trail and Trail Creek Trail, which drains into the Minam River, excluding Elk Meadows. Advisory signs have been posted at numerous trailheads.

Please call 911 if you spot a wildfire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 28th, 2019 approx. 05:30 PM
LocationEagle Cap Wilderness, Granite Gulch of Upper Minam River
Incident CommanderAdam Wing WWF
Incident DescriptionWilderness Fire
Coordinates45.178 latitude, -117.427 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel12
Size5,555 Acres
Estimated Containment DateTuesday December 31st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Significant Events

Moderate, Backing, Single Tree Torching, Short Uphill Runs


Planned Actions

Observe and track from the air. Remove ground resources ahead of expected weather. Confine with T1 Helicopter if necessary.

Projected Incident Activity

Movement to the West and East


No anticipated containment or completion date at this time.