A new fire is burning in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
The fire is on Freezeout Ridge less than a mile west of Horse Heaven Cabin, within the Hells Canyon Wilderness southwest of Riggins. The fire, started by lightning, is currently 48 acres in size.
The Forest Service said the fire is burning mostly on the south side of Freezeout Ridge but has also crossed over into Two Creek. The fire is burning in steep, rugged, inaccessible ground, with intermixed timber and grass.
Firefighters are working to protect the Horse Heaven Cabin. Rapellers are staffing the fire on the ground, with air support from helicopters. Although this fire is being suppressed, it is a modified suppression tactic to ensure firefighter safety and reduce exposure.
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Three other fires have been reported in the region in both Oregon and Idaho, all less than one acre in size. One fire is near Mirror Lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness; one fire in Duck Creek near Dutchman Trailhead in the Hells Canyon Recreation Area in Oregon, and one in the Six Lakes Basin in the recreation area in Idaho. All fires are being staffed at this point.