LA GRANDE - A fire east of Minam Canyon, on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, was reported at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, forest staff reported.

Three engines, one 20-person crew, a bulldozer, and an air tanker began working on the fire Sunday evening.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

As of Monday morning, the fire reached more than 100 acres in size and was reported to be burning in canyon lands and thick forest.

A Type III Team, led by Bill Smergut, assumed management of the fire at 7 a.m. Monday, and four Type II crews and two Type I crews were dispatched to the location.

Public use restrictions on campfires, off road driving and smoking on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and state lands continued late last week. On lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry use of chain saws is prohibited from 1-8 p.m.

Public fire-use restrictions in the Snake River corridor, within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, remain consistent with information printed on river permits. Current fire restrictions for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest allow the use of campfires in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

All lands within the perimeter of the Monument Fire area near Unity are still closed to public entry.

For additional information about the Monument Fire area restrictions, the public is asked to call the Unity Ranger District at 446-3351.

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