Indian Creek Fire spreads to nearly 50,000 acres as smoke hinders air attacks

Firefighters manage a burnout operation on the Indian Creek Fire on Thursday, Aug. 20, to help contain the fire. (BLM photo)

JUNTURA – Smoke from wildfires is hindering the use of aircraft to contain the Indian Creek Fire, a range fire that new mapping shows has burned nearly 50,000 acres east of Juntura.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said in an update posted Saturday morning that 317 people are assigned to the fire, which started along U.S. Highway 20 on Sunday, Aug. 16, about 13 miles east of Juntura.

The fire, mapped at 48,930 acres, spread to the north and northeast, burning up and over Kelsey Butte and near the Indian Creek Ranch outside Westfall. The fire was 20% contained.

The BLM said the fire is moving on the west flank . . .