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Rare wind storm threatens to push fire farther into wilderness
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Rare wind storm threatens to push fire farther into wilderness

By Tim Trainor

Blue Mountain Eagle

Fire officials are being forced to make another stand against the destructive and unpredictable Canyon Creek Complex fire as a rare August wind storm is set to arrive Saturday.

Weather forecasters...

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Canyon Creek Complex fire jumps 11,311 acres, one building lost

The Canyon Creek Complex fire jumped to 85,960 acres, an increase of 11,311 acres from Wednesday.

The 134-square-mile fire is 44 percent contained.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer confirmed this morning one building, not a main dwelling,...

Canyon Creek Complex update, timeline
Canyon Creek Complex update, timeline

This is the timeline for the days following the initial outbreak of the Canyon Creek Complex fire:

Old West fund swells to nearly $50,000

JOHN DAY — Donations to Old West Federal Credit Union’s fund for Canyon Creek Complex fire victims have been pouring in.

According to Ken Olsen, Old West CEO, the Community Fire Relief Fund total was “just shy of...

Firefighters work to contain Canyon Creek, two other fires
Firefighters work to contain Canyon Creek, two other fires

This is the timeline for the days following the initial outbreak of the Canyon Creek Complex fire:

What did they say? Wildfire terminology
Here are definitions for some common wildfire words and terms.
Summit Creek open house canceled

The Prairie City Ranger District is canceling the Summit Creek Landscape Restoration Project open house.

For more information, contact the Prairie City Ranger District, 541-820-3800.

New fire found northeast of Prairie City
Another fire breaks out 13 miles northeast of Prairie City.
New fire found northeast of Prairie City
Another fire breaks out 13 miles northeast of Prairie City.
Progress being made on Canyon Creek Complex fire
Fire conditions improve
Highway 395 opens with pilot car assistance
Highway 395 opens with pilot car assistance
Highway 395 opens up to traffic Saturday, Aug. 22, with assistance of a pilot car.
Some evacuations lifted or reduced for Canyon Creek Complex fire

JOHN DAY — Some evacuations have been lifted, including the Level 1 alert in Seneca, and others have been decreased in a few areas affected by the Canyon Creek Complex fire.


Some roads also have re-opened.

Tiny town holds its breath as fire rumbles in the distance
Tiny town holds its breath as fire rumbles in the distance
The town of Seneca is coping under the shadow of the nearby Canyon Creek Complex fire.
Number of destroyed homes up to 39

Authorities found three more homes burned to the ground in the Canyon Creek Complex wildfire south of John Day, including one near Dry Soda Creek.

Canyon Creek slips in nation’s fire priorities
Canyon Creek slips in nation’s fire priorities

Okanogan, North Star in Washington top the list

By George Plaven

Blue Mountain Eagle

When it comes to prioritizing the multitude of giant wildfires raging across the West, the Canyon Creek Complex is no longer on top of the...

Wildfire erupts near Prairie City
Wildfire erupts near Prairie City

JOHN DAY — Wildfire has once again erupted in rural Grant County, this time near Prairie City, prompting a familiar refrain of smoke-filled skies and residents on evacuation alert.

The blaze, which broke out late Thursday afternoon, is...

U.S. 395 closed after milepost 10

U.S. Highway 395 remained closed to traffic Thursday between Canyon City and the Paulina-Izee Highway at milepost 17, except for fire and emergency crews.

Between the Canyon City road closure and milepost 10 (Jay Bar L Ranch and Vance Creek...

Canyon Creek firefighters brace for difficult weather
Canyon Creek firefighters brace for difficult weather
Firefighters dig in Thursday and prepare for more explosive growth of the Canyon Creek Fire as a red flag warning goes into effect.
Thursday meeting will be at 5:30 p.m.
Community meeting time confirmed for 5:30 p.m.
New areas put in Level 3 evacuation

The area west of County Road 62, south of the forest boundary (milepost 12) and north of Forest Road 16 to the junction of Forest Road 15/16 is in a Level 3 evacuation.

Firefighters tried to hold the Canyon Creek Complex fire north of the...

Ways to help
Ways to help
The Eagle has compiled a list of the extensive resources available to assist those fighting, and affected by, the Canyon Creek Complex fire.
Seneca receives Level 1 evacuation notice

SENECA — Seneca residents are being given a Level 1 evacuation notice by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s dispatch confirmed at 5:45 p.m. today the notice was being delivered throughout the town.

Level...

Donations flow to the Pavilion
Donations flow to the Pavilion
The pavilion at the Grant County Fairgrounds is filled with donations to those who lost their homes.
Forest Service:36 homes now destroyed
As of Wednesday morning, Aug. 19, the Canyon Creek Complex fire has destroyed 36 homes, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Canyon Creek Complex fire continues to grow
The Canyon Creek Complex fire is the No. 1 priority for national firefighting resources.
Canyon Creek Complex fire expands on south flank
The Canyon Creek Complex fire has grown to more than 40,000 acres.
Canyon Creek Complex fire grows by 3,000 acres
Canyon Creek Complex fire grows by 3,000 acres
Community meeting is set for 4 p.m. today.
Grant County says ‘Thank you!’
Grant County says ‘Thank you!’
Signs expressing thanks to firefighters spring up throughout Grant County communities.
Crash kills 18-year-old driver
An 18-year-old driver dies in a car roll-over.
Fire officials post information boards
Fire officials post information boards
Forest Service has a fire information board posted at Chester's Thriftway in John Day.
Crews assault fire by air and ground
Crews assault fire by air and ground
Crews battle the Canyon Creek Complex fire by air as well as by ground.