Crews Gain on Wildfires; Some Closures & Evacuations Lifted-UPDATED
Crews Gain on Wildfires; Some Closures & Evacuations Lifted
Mon 8/19/13 0900
Crews battling the fire complexes in Southern Oregon continue to gain on the blazes but growth potential remains moderate to extreme.
The Douglas fire’s consumed acreage has been adjusted to 48,383 acres and is now listed at 76 percent contained. Personnel resources have been reduced to 1,380 firefighters supported by 8 helicopters and 53 engines. As of 8:00pm today, all evacuations and road closures on county maintained roads in the Douglas Complex Fire Area will be lifted and opened. These roads include Lower Grave Creek Rd, Lower Wolf Creek Rd and roads off of those main roads. The BLM roads in the fire area will remain closed until further notice.
Burn out operations were conducted yesterday between Sawmill Gap Ridge and Reuben Creek. Today a helicopter equipped with a thermal imaging system will locate heat sources around the fires perimeter and crews will continue patrols, utilize more burnout operations, and strengthen fire lines.
The Big Windy, now reported to be 20 percent contained, has grown to 19,958 acres. 1,113 firefighters continue to establish fire lines and the growth potential has been listed at medium.
The Labrador fire remains stagnant at 2,023 acres and is being staffed with 80 firefighters supported by 2 helicopters and 3 engines. This fire, burning in inaccessible terrain, remains zero contained with the growth potential listed as high.
All three fires are reported creeping and smoldering, but fire danger in the forests remains extreme. Firefighters remain vigilant with warming conditions and low humidity continuing. Smoke impact in populated areas is still a possibility.