RIGGINS, Idaho (September 6, 2022) – On September 4, initial attack resources responded to the Jones Creek Fire burning in the Jones Creek area 21 miles northwest of Riggins, Idaho, on the east side of Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Resources include approximately 40 ground firefighters, helicopters dropping water, and air tankers depositing retardant to slow fire growth.
As of today, the fire is reported at approximately 4000 acres, primarily in grass. The Jones Creek Fire is a full suppression fire, and the protection of lives and property are the primary objectives of this incident.
The fire is burning in areas managed by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Idaho Department of Lands, and the Bureau of Land Management. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered to the incident. A Type 1 Incident Management Team is currently managing the Double Creek, Nebo, Goat Mountain 2 and Sturgill Fires to the west.
The public is encouraged to avoid this area. Until further notice, Big Canyon Road will be closed at Pittsburg Landing. The Pittsburg Landing Campground and Deer Creek Road will remain open at this time.
To learn more about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, please visit our website (www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-