Brimstone and Labrador fires grow
The Brimstone Fire and Labrador Fire in Josephine County continue to grow today.
The Brimstone Fire, located five miles west of Sunny Valley, has grown to between 1,500 and 2,000 acres. This fire is being turned over to the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management.
The Big Windy Fire, which has caused the evacuation of eight homes in the Poorman Creek area, is currently at 876 acres and is being handled by a federal incident management team. This fire has also caused the closure of Bear Camp Road and is located roughly 10 miles west of Galice.
The Labrador Fire has grown to 700 acres and is along the Illinois River near the community of Oak Flat. An incident management team has set up base at Lake Selmac. Smoke is very heavy in the Illinois Valley and aircraft are having a difficult time assisting with the firefighting efforts. The air quality in Cave Junction is considered hazardous and those with respiratory problems should stay indoors. Illinois River Road is closed to the public to allow for easier access by firefighting vehicles. Although it is very smokey in the Illinois Valley, business and travel have not been affected.