Indian Creek fire near Juntura expands to 14,000 acres

Bureau of Land Management crews conduct Burnout operations off U.S. Highway 20 at Jonesboro ranch Wednesday, Aug. 19. (Photo courtesy of the BLM).

JUNTURA - The Indian Creek Fire burning northeast of Juntura expanded to 14,000 acres Wednesday and crews from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management are also contending with new blazes across the county sparked by lightning.

Firefighters deployed air resources to protect homes and other structures Tuesday threatened by the Indian Creek Fire as thunderstorms continued to hinder efforts to dig lines around the blaze.

The fire is creating unique challenges for fire crews, said Al Crouch, fire mitigation and education specialist for the Vale BLM.

“That country is really steep and rocky. The fuels are pretty thick. It is really difficult to access many areas of the fire line . . .