Yesterday, firefighters successfully burned out unburned fuel between the Oak Flat Fire’s edge and containment lines west of Sam Brown Campground and in the northwest corner along Chrome Ridge. All burning remained well within established control lines, and generated smoke columns visible from many parts of the Rogue and Illinois Valleys.
Today’s weather forecast calls for higher temperatures and lower humidity earlier in the day. This will allow burning in areas that were still too damp Thursday from recent cool, rainy weather. These tactics will help to prevent the fire’s spread eastward toward high value recreation areas and private lands. Smoke will again be prominent over surrounding areas.
Four heavy-lift helicopters will be used today to drop water on hotspots to check the fire’s spread to the north. By Sunday a cooling trend will begin, bringing higher humidity and lower temperatures through the following week. This weather will allow firefighters to reduce the amount of burning out required, and hold the fire in check on its northern perimeter.
Sam Brown Campground, the 2500 road (Taylor Creek Road), and the 2402 road remain closed to all but fire traffic.