Hells Canyon Fire – update Sept 9, 2013

September 9

Photo Courtesy of InciWeb.com

Today firefighters made good progress on the eastern, southern and western edges of the fire. They are continuing to build fireline along the northern edges in order to box in the fire.  Helicopters provided assistance with water drops throughout the day. The northern portion of the fire is burning in beetle infested pine and contains a significant amount of snags and dead or dying trees. 

The goal is to keep the fire north of FS Road 9381, west of Billy Johns Trail, east of Hells Canyon Creek and south of White Pipe Ridge.

The Hells Canyon fire is currently burning in grass and beetle infested pine. It has burned towards the north away from the Hells Canyon cabin. Firefighters are providing for firefighter and public safety in managing this fire.

For more information about the Hells Canyon Fire go online to inciweb.nwcg.gov and click on Hells Canyon.


Information courtesy of Leona Rodreick

Detected: September 7, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Detected: September 7, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Cause: Lightning

Location: 6.5 miles west of Silver Star in the Highland Mountains, 1 mile north of Hells Canyon Cabin

 Acres Burned: 125

Containment: 0%



  • Misc. Overhead (IC3 Lambert)
  • 3 Helicopters
  • 6 Engines
  • 3Type 1Crews (Helena, Chief Mtn., and Pioneer Peak (AK)
  • 1 Type 2 Crew (Great Northern)
  • 2 Water Tenders
  • Additional resources are ordered and enroute
  • 93 Personel





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