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.

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