Three wildfires burning above Lake Owyhee, structures threatened

The Enterprise

VALE -- Wildfires were threatening a church camp and private cabins at Lake Owyhee Saturday afternoon as fire crews attacked three large blazes from the air and from the ground.

They were among six fires triggered by lightning storms that moved through Malheur County Fridayevening. Fire crews have been chasing lightning-caused storms much of the week.

Kevin Moriarty of the Vale district office of the Bureau of Land Management reported that the Dry Creek Buttes fire, west of the lake and 20 miles south of Owyhee Dam, had covered about 2,000 acres by Saturday afternoon.

“The fire is burning in general sage grouse habitat,” Moriarty said in his afternoon report. “The fire is threatening the LDS church camp to the east.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operates Camp Hycliff, but no information was immediately available about whether the camp was occupied this weekend . . .