Rain Dampers Fires; Air Quality Improved
Reported rains may have slowed the wildfires burning in Southern Oregon and the air quality has improved to moderate, one step below good throughout the region.
A full assessment of the rain effects from last night are not yet available and although rain generally slows down the fires, it also prevents or slows the firefighters from achieving their objectives.
At last report the Douglas complex was measured at 44,452 acres consumed. The 3,100 firefighters have achieved 32 percent containment. The Milo and Farmer’s fires in the complex have been 100 percent contained. Most of the rest of the complex of fires have now grown together.
The Big Windy, which continues to have the Rogue River and Bear Camp Road closed is now at 14,364 acres with 1,214 firefighters still progressing with an indirect fire line along a ridge while the Peavine Road lines are complete. Burn out operations continue along Bear Camp Road and around Black Bar Lodge while crews stand by near both the lodge and the Zane Grey Cabin.
The Labrador fire northwest of Cave Junction remains stymied at 2020 acres for the last five days although the firefighters claim no containment. The fire still has the potential to break out.