Fire threatened homes on Umatilla Indian Reservation
The Umatilla Tribal Fire Department defended three homes Monday from a fire that burned more than 200 acres on reservation land. Umatilla Tribal Fire Chief Rob Burnside said the cause remains under investigation.
Burnside said tribal fire received the alarm at 12:10 p.m. for two fires “right there together” at the old Grubb’s Pit off Emigrant Road. The fires burned about 140 acres on the east side of the road, he said, and 110-120 acres on the west side, which was mostly scrub brush land.
Oregon Department of Forestry took command of the fire attack, he said, and tribal crews protected three houses that were in a draw. One man at 12:44 p.m. called 9-1-1 and reported the fire was about 100 yards from his house on St. Andrews Road, which intersects Emigrant Road about a mile north of Wildhorse Resort & Casino.