Sunday, July 28, 2013

ODF Grants Pass Lightning Fires Update

[ correction 1:48 p.m. Brimstone Fire is 5 miles west of Sunny Valley. ]

Clear skies this morning helped firefighters working on the 24 fires scattered across the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit. Helicopters are flying and delivering buckets of water to the fires to knock down hot spots and watch for spot fires.

The highest priority fire is the Brimstone Fire, 5 miles west of Sunny Valley, which is estimated at 200 acres. Strong winds Saturday afternoon blew embers across the fireline but helicopters and air tankers helped the crews on the ground in fire engines to keep spot fires, and the main fire, from taking off. The goals today on the Brimstone Fire are to improve the fireline and extinguish hotspots near to the fireline.

The Farmer Gulch Fire, located 2 miles west of Wolf Creek, is holding at 70 acres, and crews are also improving the fireline and mopping up hotspots inside of the fireline.

The Big Windy Fire, located 10 miles west of Galice, has grown to at least 1,500 acres and has made it necessary to close Bear Camp Rd. A federal incident management team is assuming command of the fire suppression efforts on Monday.

Other ODF crews continue to hold and mop up scattered lightning-caused fires in the Hog Creek and Grave Creek drainages.