A wind shift is now sending smoke from the existing forest fires into the populated areas of the Valley, however no new fires have been reported.
Much of the smoke being experienced is coming from the Labrador fire currently listed at 870 acres and being attacked with 439 personnel.
The Brimstone fire, five miles west of Sunny Valley is still listed at between 1,500 to 2,000 acres and is likely the primary source of the smoke along with the Douglas complex of fires that has consumed over 21,000 acres throughout Douglas County and the Northern portion of Josephine County. 1,024 firefighters are assigned to that complex.
Evacuations were ordered this afternoon from Grave Creek Bridge to Leland Road on Lower Grave Creek Road. There are Road closures at Grave Creek Bridge, Lower Grave, and Lower Wolf at Wolf Creek. The Wolf Creek/ Grave Creek evacuees may gather at the Josephine County Fairgrounds or the Glendale Elementary School.
The Big Windy is now estimated at 876 acres and earlier had forced the evacuation of eight homes in the Poorman Creek area. This is the fire, roughly 10 miles west of Galice, is the one that caused the closure of Bear Camp Road.
There are helicopters and air tankers available but air operations have been hampered by poor visibility.
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