Grizzly Bear fire south of Dayton 44 percent contained

A little over a month after lightning started the Grizzly Bear Complex Fire 20 miles southeast of Dayton, it is 44 percent contained.

The fire has burned 76,475 acres. In addition, a smaller fire to the north, the Bear Ridge Fire, continues to smoke and torch trees.

The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness of the Umatilla National Forest and some nearby land remains closed to the public. Fire officials are considering expanding the closure area to make it easier to control because of reports of people entering the closed area.

The main fire command post is now in Dayton. Some 320 people are assigned to the fire with equipment that include 14 fire engines, a helicopter, four dozers and 11 water tenders.

Over the past month, 33 structures have burned, including five homes.