Wildfire burns 30,000 acres near Willowcreek, freeway reopens


The ground and air crews worked to contain the volcanic fire, which began on Tuesday, June 28, on private land near Willock. Smoke from grass and grass brushes sent smoke to Valle and Ontario.

On June 28, a fire broke out in the valleys east of Willock. The blaze broke out on private land and spread to BLM land. (ISAAC WASSERMAN)

More than 30,000 acres[30,000 sq m]of fire broke out on private property near Willoeck on Tuesday, June 28th.

The fire sent heavy smoke into Malher County, shutting down Interstate 84 for several hours. The freeway was reopened on Wednesday morning, according to Oregon Tripecheck.

The fire, which was burning grass and grass at the land administration office, did not hit any house or building until Tuesday night.

On its Facebook page, the Vale Fire Department warned residents not to go to Willow.

“The outside world is very smoky and probably more likely to continue. Please stay indoors and out of the smoke as much as possible, especially those with respiratory problems,” the agency said.

“Also, please do not go to the fire line. More firefighters are going to the fire and for the safety of the public and our firefighters, please do not block the road you can use to reach the fire,” the media post continued.

The cause is being investigated by the Oregon State Fire Department.

On June 28, flames from Willowrick spread over nearby hills in Willock, and cattle were grazing on their pens.

On June 28, a fire broke out in the valleys east of Willock. The blaze broke out on private land and spread to BLM land. (ISAAC WASSERMAN)

Smoke from Willovrick in Malher County closed the entire area on June 28. (Enterprise / Isaac Wasman)

On June 28, firefighters from the Willow Fire Department stopped fire as workers defended the structure.

On June 28, members of the community came in as they saw more fires on the Willows volcano. (ISAAC WASSERMAN)

A.D. On June 28, a group of firefighters stood guarding a structure from a Willow fire. (Enterprise / Isaac Waserman)

A.D. On June 28, a group of firefighters stood guarding a structure from a Willow fire. (Enterprise / Isaac Waserman)

A.D. On June 28, a group of firefighters stood guarding a structure from a Willow fire. (Enterprise / Isaac Waserman)

On June 28, a fire broke out in the valleys east of Willock. The blaze broke out on private land and spread to BLM land. (ISAAC WASSERMAN)

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