Firefighters contend with rocky terrain while battling Cache Creek Fire

Firefighters contend with rocky terrain while battling Cache Creek Fire »Play Video
The Cache Creek was at 40% containment as of Monday night.
ROGERSBURG, WA - The Cache Creek fire in both Wallowa and Asotin Counties burned through more that 56,000 acres of land as of Monday morning and sits at 40% containment.

More than 800 firefighting personnel are working on containing the fire that officials said started because of lightning. Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Public Affairs Specialist Matthew Burks said it's been a challenge getting firefighters where they need to be due to the rocky terrain.

"It's been a large air show," said Burks. "We had to use a lot of bucket drops with helicopters just because of the terrain."

Burks said there has been damage to one structure, and three people have suffered minor injuries. He said they hope to have 100%containment of the fire by next Tuesday.

According to Inci-web, heavy smoke will continue in the Oregon, Washington and Idaho region because of high wind flows where the fire is located.

Oregon Incident Management Team three from Central Oregon is working to mop up and rehabilitate containment lines. Some forests by the Wallowa Whitman National Forest will remain closed indefinitely for the safety of firefighters as well as the public.