Firefighters Attempting to Corral Big Windy Between Bear Camp & River
Firefighter engaged with the 5,135 acre Big Windy complex of fires have initiated small burn out operations to keep the fire below the road and defenders are in place near Horseshoe Bend on the Rogue River to watch for any spot fires on the north side of the River.
Preparations for the defense of the Zane Grey Cabin and the Black Bar Lodge are now complete.
768 firefighters are assigned to this fire with 4 helicopters and 9 engines with bulldozers cutting fire lines along ridges in keeping with an indirect attack strategy.
Crews fighting the Labrador fire northwest of Cave Junction are cutting fire lines east and north of that fire, still listed at 2,020 acres. Fire engines are stationed in the Oak flat community to protect structures there.
The 510 firefighters are planning on limited burn out operations along the Illinois River to keep the fire from jumping across onto privately held lands.
The Douglas complex has grown to 32,535 acres and with 2,337 firefighters battling it, now is 15 percent contained. Governor Kitzhaber along with Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are scheduled to visit the incident command center at Glendale High School today.