A wildfire near Seneca is being held at 19 acres, according to a Forest Service update Friday morning.
The Bear Creek Fire was reported around noon yesterday and resources, including engines, a dozer, a single-engine air tanker and helicopter were able to keep the fire from reaching Seneca.
State and federal resources worked the fire overnight, more crews are arriving today. The fire is currently staffed by a hotshot crew, six engines, two water tenders and a dozer.
The fire danger rating across the Malheur National Forest is currently at moderate/high. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level is II on the south half, Emigrant Creek Ranger District, and it is Level 1 on the north half, Blue Mountain and Prairie City Ranger Districts. Forest-wide, seasonal public use restrictions are in effect. Campfires are allowed anywhere in the forest, but officials urge people to exercise extreme caution as conditions remain prime for human-caused fires. Wood cutting is allowed all day on the north half, and until 1 p.m. on the south half, each followed by a one-hour fire watch.
Additional fire information can be found at JDIDC - BICC sites online at: bicc-jdidc.org/index.shtml.
For more information on the Malheur National Forest, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/Malheur.
To report a fire, contact the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-575-1321 or the Burns Interagency Communication Center at 541-573-1000.