The 315-acre Blackwell Fire will be declared contained at 6:00 p.m. today, said ODF Incident Commander Steve Wetmore. Fire crews have made excellent progress extinguishing residual fires within the containment lines. Night shift crews will continue mop up, with the objective of extinguishing all smokes within 300 feet of the fireline.
Firefighters will continue working on the Blackwell Fire the rest of the week. Smoke will occasionally be visible from within the burned area as islands of remaining fuel burn out.
Rain is expected in the Rogue Valley this weekend – which will help.