Anthony Creek Fire near North Powder is contained

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Aug. 3—NORTH POWDER — A small wildfire 15 miles west of North Powder that broke out Sunday, July 31, is now contained.

The Anthony Creek Fire was contained at 6:09 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, according to the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center. The fire, less than 1 acre in size and ignited by lightning, was reported at 6:17 p.m. on July 31.

Planes dropped fire retardant and helicopters deposited water on it for much of Aug. 1. Hand crews were also sent to the fire, which did not threaten any structures. The fire has burned timber and slash but has not caused any injuries.

The fire is in the Webfoot area and has been difficult place to reach, according to Hunter Petrucci, of the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center. Petrucci said some old roads had to be opened to allow crews to get to the fire.

Also on Aug. 2, a small fire in the Jubilee Lake area, 18 miles north of Elgin, was quickly extinguished by a fire crew sent by Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center. The fire, one-tenth of an acre and human caused, was reported at 5:20 p.m. and was contained by 5:59 p.m. Nobody was injured and no structures were threatened by the fire.

Dick Mason is a reporter with The Observer. Contact him at 541-624-6016 or