Cave Junction Meeting Briefs Residents on Labrador Fire
The Cave Junction County Building was full Thursday night when the incident command team fighting the Labrador fire 13 miles northwest of Cave Junction briefed the populace on the impact this fire will have.
The slight change in weather caused the fire to be more active today and saw it grow 2020 acres. It is being manned by 573 fire fighters and has 4 helicopters at the ready, although until skies cleared a bit today in that area have been basically grounded by poor visibility.
Incident Commander Brett Fillis told residents this is a long term fight and the first priority is the safety of the public and fire fighters pointing to the 13 year old burned out snags from the biscuit fire that pose an extreme danger to firemen making a direct attack.
The immediate strategy is to provide protection to the Oak Flat community and keep the fire from spotting to the east side of the Illinois river. Mechanical brush clearing equipment is being used along those eastern contingency lines on the east bank.
The basic strategy is one of containment and endeavoring to stay ahead of the fire. They are claiming no containment at this time and expect an active fire Friday when a high pressure
System is expected with a return to warmer, drier conditions.