The Wallowa County Commissioners are asking residents of Wallowa County and visitors to Wallowa County to stay away from the areas of Promise and Troy to allow the Fire Managers and crews unencumbered access to the fire areas. The Commissioners have officially closed Promise Road at end of pavement, Wildcat Road (Wallupa), Powwatka Road, Eden Bench Road, and Troy River Road at the state line, until further notice.
Evacuation level notices have been given to the residents and other people in these areas. Most of the people in the areas have dealt with past fires and are working to protect property, livestock, and equipment. Those who have needed or asked for assistance have received assistance.
We are asking that everyone stay calm, attend the information meetings if possible, do not flood the sheriff’s office with unnecessary calls seeking information that can be found on the http://bluemountainfire.blogspot.com/ https://bluemountatinfireinfo.blogspot.com/2021/07/umatilla-national-forest-lands.html or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ sites. These sites are updated daily.
The Wallowa County Fire Defense Board Chief, Paul Karvoski, has sent a conflagration request to the Governor’s Office for additional resources to support structure protection work with suppression efforts. The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office is surging resources to assist the local fire agency. Firefighters are actively working to stop the fire and will go back through to assess structure or property losses when the fire spread has been stopped.
The Elbow Creek Fire was reported on Thursday, July 15 and is now estimated to have burned 10,000 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.