The China Cap fire has burned 190-acres of Wallowa-Whitman Nat’l Forest

The China Cap fire has burned 190-acres of Wallowa-Whitman Nat’l Forest »Play Video
Fire managers are working on a containment strategy at this time.
JOSEPH, OR - A new fire burning 12-miles southwest of Joseph, Oregon has already destroyed 190-acres.

The China Cap fire is listed at zero-percent containment Thursday night and is very active according to leaders with the U.S. Forest Service.

The lightning-caused fire is burning in a steep and heavily timbered area making it difficult for anyone to safely fight the blaze from the ground.

"Fir tends to burn really fast and put up a lot of columns of smoke," said Kramer. "Right now we've only got eight smoke jumpers, and we've got heavy helicopters and retardant air-crafts that are dropping retardant and water."

Lack of safety zones are a concern for those eight smoke jumpers on the ground. Fire managers are working on a containment strategy at this time.