Fire north of Huntington tops 2,000 acres

BAKER COUNTY, Ore. - The Morgan Creek wildfire north of Huntington has stopped spreading, but the combination of steep, rocky terrain and hot, dry and breezy weather are hampering containment efforts, the Vale District Bureau of Land Management reported Saturday.

The fire was 2,286 acres in size and 60 percent contained as of Saturday morning. It is burning in general sage grouse habitat. The BLM says the fire was human-caused, but the investigation is continuing.

The Morgan Creek fire was reported at about 3:30 p.m. MDT Thursday in the Snake River Canyon about ten miles north of Huntington. It has destroyed nine power poles. Idaho Power was on the scene Saturday morning.

Spring Rec campground is closed to overnight camping until Monday, but the day use area and the boat ramp are still available.

Snake River Road is open. Drivers are urged to exercise caution, as fire crews continue to work in the area, and rocks are rolling off the hillside into the road.

The Burnt River Rural Fire Protection Association and BLM crews have worked to suppress the fire.

Resources assigned to the fire include 12 engines, two dozers, and four Type II crews.

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