Sunday, July 28, 2013

Brimstone Fire Grows to 500 Acres

Clouds of smoke from fires in the Douglas Complex arched over Josephine County again this afternoon. More smoke is being added by fires inside Josephine County, which include the 24 fires in the complex being attended to by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit, and the 400-acre Labrador Fire that is located approximately 10 miles northwest of Selma in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Residents throughout Josephine County and perhaps Jackson County can expect to see ash and burned tree needles falling this evening and overnight.

The most troublesome fire on ODF-protected lands in Josephine County is the Brimstone Fire, located 5 miles west of Sunny Valley. The fire breached the fireline this afternoon and is now approximately 500 acres. The fire's growth was to the west, toward Tom East Creek, and a long finger to the south.

The Farmer Gulch Fire, 2 miles west of Wolf Creek, is now 80 acres in size mostly due to fireline relocation. A secondary fireline was added below the fire -- between the fire's edge and homes north of Lower Wolf Creek Rd -- because burning debris continues to roll steadily downhill.

A cluster of fires in the Big Windy Creek drainage, located 10 miles west of Galice, is being turned over to a federal incident management team on Monday. Bear Camp Road is closed as the fire is threatening to cross the road.

The rest of the fires in the complex of lightning-caused fires are in the mop-up stage.

Earlier today, an evacuation was ordered for residents in the Poorman Creek Road area, east of the Grave Creek boat landing on the Rogue River. Structural firefighters from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's incident management team that is assisting with the Douglas Complex are monitoring the advance of the Dad's Creek Fire, which originated in Douglas County, as it moves into Josephine County. For information about the Dad's Creek Fire and rest of the Douglas Complex, see the InciWeb page devoted to this complex.