Friday, July 26, 2013

More Info on SW Oregon Wildfires

Firefighters were able to contain most of the starts from this morning.  However, several fires are causing issues this evening.

In the Cow Creek area along the border between Josephine and Douglas County, there are two fires of 500+ acres.  An ODF Type II incident management team has been called in to manage these two plus any additional work needed on approximately 40 other fires in the area.  The team will be based out of the Glendale High School and will assume command at 0800 tomorrow.

A fire in the Big Windy drainage south of the Rogue River is currently 20+ acres. The fire was active this afternoon and firefighters retreated when winds picked up and increased fire activity.  Work will continue through the night and there is a good chance containment could be reached by tomorrow.

The column of smoke visible to the NNW of Medford is the Whisky Fire on the Umpqua National Forest.  The Buckeye Fire is also in the same area.

Resources continue to arrive in SW OR.  Additional Hot Shot crews, other hand crews, engines, and air resources are scheduled to arrive tonight and Saturday.

For Saturday, temperatures should be slightly cooler with highs in the low-mid 90s and gusty winds up to 20 mph.

[ from Jim Whittington, public affairs office, Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management ]

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