Growth Potential for Douglas Fire Remains Extreme
Growth Potential for the Douglas Complex of fires remains extreme although the 2,692 fire fighters charged with battling the burn have contained 50 percent of the fires perimeter. Growth has been slowed by the recent rains but the fire did expand to 45,533 acres yesterday, some of which may be attributed to burn out operations.
The burnout operations will continue today with smoke visible in the Grants Pass area. Closures and evacuation levels remain the same in the fire area.
The Big Windy fire now has consumed 15,447 is now rated at 15 percent contained and is being staffed with 1,330 firefighters who are also continuing burn out operations on the east flank of the fire and preparing lines on the west flank for a burn out.
Growth potential for the Big Windy has been downgraded to medium.
The Labrador Fire 13 miles northwest of Cave Junction grew by two acres and is now estimated to have burned 2022 acres and is being staffed by 77 personnel. The fire’s location is described as inaccessible and air resources are being utilized to slow its growth. The growth potential for the Labrador is still high.
The Oak Flat evacuation order has been reduced to a level one alert status and the former level one alert for the Kerby Flat to McCaleb Ranch area has been lifted.
Firefighters on all the local fires expect increased fire activity as the area fuels warm and dry out from the weekend precipitation.