LEWISTON - A fire that crossed the border from remote Northeast Oregon into Washington has reached over 7,500 acres. The Joseph Canyon Fire, located about 23 miles southwest of Lewiston, is now considered 20% contained. Another nearby blaze, the Dry Creek Fire, is located northeast of Joseph, Oregon, in a remote and rugged part of Hells Canyon. The Dry Creek Fire has reportedly burned over 1,500 acres, and was 50% contained as of Tuesday evening.
The Joseph Canyon Fire was among multiple blazes that started last Thursday night after thunderstorms passed through the region. The Washington Department of Natural Resources first noted the fire Friday morning as it spread through dry, grassy vegetation in the canyon and crossed the border from Wallowa County. It had burned 2,000 acres through late Saturday and nearly doubled in size by Sunday morning.
Fire managers say burning at the Dry Creek Fire was confined to the fire’s interior yesterday, and not a threat to containment lines.
Due to the extremely steep terrain, poor road access, and unpredictable nature of the fire, the Nez Perce Tribe has implemented an immediate, temporary closure of the Precious Lands area to all public use.