Monday, September 3, 2012

Forest Fire West of Wonder

[ Updated 6:40 p.m. ]

A forest fire burning on Bureau of Land Management lands west of the Josephine County community of Wonder has burned 120 acres. The fire is 10 percent contained, and five helicopters and two airtankers are bombing the fire's flanks with water and retardant. Five bulldozers, seven engines and three firefighting crews are constructing fireline.

The fire is west of Hwy 199 and north of Hayes Hill.

Waters Creek and Slate Creek roads are closed to non-emergency traffic. Highway 199 is open. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit is managing the fire, and roadblocks are being staffed by Josephine County Search and Rescue. Rural/Metro Fire Dept. is protecting structures.

A night crew is being deployed to continue fireline construction. Access to the fire's edge is poor, but bulldozers are creating access points for hoses, portable water ponds and water tenders.


  1. I appreciate you are on top of this. We are in Selma and I started smelling the smoke 45 minutes ago. Very smokey around here now. I suppose, I will put together my pile of must haves and corral the cat and dog.

  2. wow, we are on holland loop and the smoke is bad!

  3. any more news on the Slate Creek fire?

  4. We are on Waters Creek and everything looks ok right now. At 4pm we were told it was up to 140 acres not much smoke but lots of fire crews.

  5. We live within 1 mile of this fire, just to the southeast of it. Have watched the air tankers and choppers flying over the house all afternoon and evening. The helicopters have stopped flying for the night as of about 8 pm. Our vehicles are packed and we're ready to put the pets in and go if need be.
    We pray the firefighters and equipment operators make good progress on lines around it tonight and I expect we'll be hearing more aircraft at first light tomorrow. Thank you to all the brave men and women working to keep us and our property safe.