The Deer Ridge and Siskiyou fires will be declared contained as of 6:00 p.m. today, said Greg Alexander, incident commander of both fires and ODF’s Medford Unit forester. “There is still some smoke visible in both of these fires,” said Alexander, “but its deep in the interior. Good mop up by the crews over the last several days has made the firelines secure.”
District Forester Dan Thorpe added that smoke may occasionally be seen drifting from these fires, particularly through the weekend. “They likely won’t be declared ‘out’ until after a good rainstorm,” said Thorpe.
Today, more than 200 firefighters worked on the Deer Ridge and Siskiyou fires, which broke out Monday. The number of firefighters assigned to both fires will drop to 150 tomorrow.
Containment means the firelines have been fully completed, and hot spots have been extinguished at least 150 feet between the firelines and the fires’ interior. These measures should be sufficient to contain flare-ups within the fires’ interior, should they occur.
The cost of suppression so far on both fires is $1.7 million.
The causes of the fires are under investigation.