Onion Mountain Fire upgraded to 3,000 acres due to burnout operations-UPDATE
The Onion Mountain Fire is estimated at 3,000 acres this morning but that increase is mostly due to burnout operations.
Wendy Jones with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office says firefighters have been burning brush and other combustible materials from areas near the fire line in order to prevent the fire from spreading.
An airplane with an infrared camera attached scouted the area last night and confirmed the current acreage.
The fire is considered two percent contained.
315 personnel are stationed on the fire in the form of 11 crews, 13 engines and 10 helicopters.
Total estimated cost to date of the Onion Mountain Fire is $400,000.
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office also wants to warn residents that fraudulent calls are being made to homeowners in the area of the Onion Mountain Fire advising the homeowner to evacuate. All evacuations remain at Level 1 and if Evacuation Levels are raised to two or three a uniformed deputy will approach the residence to warn occupants of the impending fire danger.
Burnout operations will continue today and large plumes of smoke from these operations will be seen this afternoon and evening.
For more information regarding the Onion Mountain Fire call 541-474-5305.
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