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Over the weekend, the new blaze became the region's largest wildfire so far for 2021.

COURTESY PHOTO: OPB, NATIONAL WILDFIRE COORDINATING GROUP - A view of the Joseph Canyon fire on June 5, 2021.

A fire grew across state lines in Northeastern Oregon over the weekend, becoming the region's largest blaze so far this year.

The Joseph Canyon fire more than tripled in size overnight Saturday, June 5, after high winds and low humidity fanned an area struck by lightning storms late last week. It continued to grow Sunday, and by Monday morning, June 7, the fire's footprint had swelled to around 4,000 acres of northern Wallowa County in Oregon, and southeastern Washington.

The nearest town is Lewiston, Idaho, about 23 miles to the north.

Air tankers and helicopters are helping firefighters on the ground, who face steep, rugged terrain.

"Extreme winds Saturday challenged air resources ... but also aided the suppression effort by pushing the active fire line back onto itself in some areas," according to a Sunday press release from Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

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