Friday, July 26, 2013

Fire Crews Fan Out Across Josephine County Forests

More a dozen lightning-caused fires have been found on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit crews. The fires were caused by a dry lightning storm that crossed over Josephine County late last night and early this morning.

The fires on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry are burning on Bureau of Land Management, Josephine County, and private forestlands.

Here is a rundown of the fires:

Two fires in the Hog Creek area are small and are either lined or knocked down.
  • A 4-acre fire in the Malone Peak area has firefighters working on it, and additional crews have been ordered.
  • A 4-acre fire in the McKnab Creek area has a crew and a bulldozer working their way into it, and an airtanker has dropped loads of retardant onto it.
  • A 5-acre fire near to Brimstone Rd has an airtanker dropping retardant onto it.
  • A crew is building fireline around the 3-acre Crooks Creek Fire.
  • Two engines and a helicopter are working on a 1 1/2-acre fire in the Pickett Creek area.
  • Two half-acre fires on Kelsey Peak have not yet been staffed.
  • Crews are walking into fires on Kelsey Peak, Bald Ridge and several other locations.
There are three helicopters and two airtankers flying far and wide today, helping crews by dropping water and retardant.