The Joseph Canyon Fire was one of multiple ignitions resulting from an overnight lightning storm June 3-4. It was reported Friday morning, June 4, by Washington Department of Natural Resources as burning in steep, rugged terrain in northern Wallowa County.
Located 23 miles southwest of Lewiston, ID, the blaze began on Vale Bureau of Land Management lands, but soon crossed over into Washington state lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry.
Three large airtankers dropped retardant along the perimeter of the Joseph Canyon Fire Friday to slow the fire growth. In addition to firefighter delivery, three Type 2 helicopters were used to drop water on hot spots.
The fire continued to burn actively overnight in the flashy fuels and was estimated to be approximately 2,500 acres by Friday afternoon. Cooler temperatures, reduced wind and moister air slowed the fire on Sunday and Monday, while crews made significant progress in containment. The fire is currently estimated at 7610 acres with 95% containment. Control of the fire was returned to the local unit on June 11 and will be patrolled and monitored using air resources.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday June 04th, 2021 approx. 10:15 PM|
|Incident Commander||BLM Vale District|
|Coordinates||45.989 latitude, -117.081 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||95%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday June 14th, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM|
Short Grass (1 foot)
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Monitor and patrol with air resources
|Projected Incident Activity|
Minimal spread expected due to suppression actions taken, and weather forecast. Very little smoke present. Fuels will remain wet with cool and moist conditions.
Very moist southerly flow and low pressure resulted in a steady rainfall Wed night through early Thursday afternoon. Significant precipitation amounts over the fire area and ICP. 0.20" to 0.50"
with locally higher amounts are expected by noon Thursday. Temperatures will be cool with highs in the 50s Thursday.
Wet weather will create slippery muddy road concerns.