Fire in the USFS District Office in Enterprise, Oregon

fire in USFS district office
Photo: WallowaValleyOnline

Late on Sunday afternoon there was a fire in the Eagle Cap Ranger District Office of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Enterprise, Oregon. At least one end of the log structure burned quite furiously. More details and photos are at Wallowa Valley Online.

Here is a video of the fire.

UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m. MT, July 12

More on the story from the Seattle Times:

The building that houses the U.S. Forest Service visitor center and ranger district offices for the popular Wallowa Mountains region of northeastern Oregon has burned to the ground.

USFS office burns
On Monday morning, the ruins of the two-story wooden building were still smoldering. Chuck Anderson/Chieftain

One wall was left standing Monday after the 20-year-old log building erupted in flames late Sunday afternoon. It housed the Eagle Cap and Wallowa Valley ranger districts of the Wallow-Whitman National Forest.

A state fire marshal and the local sheriff’s office were investigating the cause of the fire.

Forest Service wildfire firefighters pitched in with local volunteer fire departments to keep the flames from spreading in windy conditions, said Forest Service spokeswoman Judy Wing. Two other buildings on the site, a barn and a warehouse for firefighting equipment and personnel, were left standing.

Officials met in the barn to figure out where to put the 90 Forest Service employees and 10 U.S. Department of Agriculture service center employees whose offices burned.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.