Citizens near wildfires should prepare for worst-case scenario
Citizens who live close to any wildfires are being warned by the Oregon Department of Forestry to be prepared for any worst-case scenario.
Authorities say any irreplaceable keepsakes and necessities such as clothing and medication should be loaded into a vehicle and prepared for departure. If evacuations are necessary, they will be facilitated by sheriff’s deputies and fire crews and citizens are asked to cooperate with their orders fully. Homes in the Poorman Creek area were evacuated Sunday afternoon due to approaching fire from Douglas County.
The Brimstone Fire has proven the most difficult fire to combat in Josephine County. It has grown to 500 acres and is located five miles west of Sunny Valley.
The Labrador Fire, located 10 miles northwest of Selma, is at 400 acres.
The Farmer Gulch Fire two miles west of Wolf Creek is now at 80 acres.
The Big Windy Fire located 10 miles west of Galice is at 1,500 acres and has closed Bear Camp Road.
The Douglas Complex of Fires is listed at 7,500 acres total and the number of fires is decreasing because several of the fires have merged.
Air quality will continue to be poor in the Rogue Valley as smoke continues to hang in the air.