Sunday, July 28, 2013

Labrador Fire Estimated at 400 Acres

The primary strategy for the Labrador Fire today is for firefighters to continue to scout and size up the fire situation, looking for opportunities to create indirect fire line due to the combined challenges of rugged terrain and extreme conditions.  The fire is currently estimated to be 400 acres in size.  Aerial resources and crews are being shared with other fires in southwest Oregon based on priorities and needs.  

Multiple agencies, including the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the State of Oregon, Fire Protection Agencies, local and volunteer fire departments and local counties are working cooperatively together to coordinate and effectively use the firefighting resources available.

A north/northwest air flow is predicted over the Labrador Fire area today, with temperatures a bit cooler, winds a bit less gusty and better humidity recoveries predicted, particularly in the lower elevations.  Fire spread is expected to be more active on the ridge tops. 

Residents should continue to expect smoke impacts over an extended period of time in the Rogue Valley and beyond. Air quality specialists have been requested to assist with air quality monitoring in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Quality. More information will become available to the public regarding smoke impacts in the coming days.

The Labrador Fire is located south of the Illinois River and downstream of Oak Flat, approximately 1 mile SW of Briggs Creek Campground and within 1 mile (east) of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness (legal description T37N, R9W, Sec 7).

Oregon Team 2 (Brett Fillis) assumed management of the Labrador Fire at 6:00 a.m. this morning. The fire Incident Command Post is located at Lake Selmac.

[ posted by Virginia Gibbons, public affairs, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest ]