Wildfire burns in Southeast Oregon, just across Idaho border

A fire near the Succor Creek State Natural Area measured 175 acres Monday morning, as U.S. Bureau of Land Management fire crews sought to contain it.

The fire was spotted Sunday evening by an aircraft belonging to the BLM’s Vale District as it returned from helping fight a fire near Parma. As of Monday morning, seven BLM fire engines, two hand crews, a bulldozer, one air attack aircraft and a single-engine air tanker were all on scene. The Jordan Valley Rural Fire Protection Association was also helping, and an interagency helitanker based in McCall that was part of the initial response Sunday was standing by in Ontario in case it was needed again.

The BLM had no estimates Monday morning for when the fire would be contained or controlled.

The agency also did not yet have a cause, but Vale District Manager Don Gonzalez warned about conditions in the area in a statement.

“We got rain late this year, but we have very high temperatures and low soil moisture too,” Gonzalez said. “It doesn’t take much to set off wildfires in these conditions.”