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Firefighters battling small blaze near Seneca

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on September 29, 2016 5:10PM

A helicopter carries a bucket to help battle the Bear Creek fire near Seneca Thursday, Sept. 29.

Contributed photo/Winnie Browning

A helicopter carries a bucket to help battle the Bear Creek fire near Seneca Thursday, Sept. 29.

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A pillar of smoke from the Bear Creek fire near Seneca.

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A pillar of smoke from the Bear Creek fire near Seneca.

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A 7-acre fire was reported at noon near Seneca.

Public affairs personnel from the Malheur National Forest said five engines, one single-engine air tanker and a helicopter are on scene, and eye witnesses reported seeing helicopters dumping buckets in the area.

The Bear Creek fire is burning slash, timber and other ground fuels. Public affairs specialist Shilo Burton said they are putting all available resources on the fire, and it had been reported while only 1 acre.

“I would say that they’ve got a good handle on it,” Burton said.

While it is no longer summer, officials urge everyone to be aware of fire dangers and make sure their fires are “dead out” and not left unattended.

Firewood cutting is allowed all day on the north half of the forest consisting of the Blue Mountain and Prairie City ranger districts. On the south half, firewood cutting is only allowed until 1 p.m. Both require a one-hour fire watch once chainsaw operations cease.

For more information, please contact the Malheur National Forest at 541-575-3000.



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