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.

9 comments:

  1. Correction: Brimstone fire is 5 miles WEST of Sunny Valley.

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  2. What about the Selma fire?

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  3. Would appreciate it if you would please post fire maps for Brimstone, Farmers Gulch, and Douglas Complex!

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  4. Ditto,on Posting some Maps for the Public to see daily, to see fire advancement, etc.

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  5. Why such a small number of dozer's working the Douglas Complex ? Is this mostly Federal land so heavy equipment, establishing line at night and retardant lines without ground backup the established norm ... ?

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  6. information posted here on sunday was completely wrong about farmer gulch,,, there was not a fireline around the fire at any time. Today the fire is much larger than 80 acres. When you posted that this fire was mostly safe, i went and talked to people on site. They assured me it was not contained by any means. This site could be dangerious to rely on.

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  7. Any 4:00 PM update in Sunny Valley?

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  8. a call to Wolf Creek Fire Dept at 3:53 pm Monday says "Farmers Gulch is 80 percent contained".

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  9. Anybody know where I can find a fire map online? Please email me at jaredtwedell@gmail.com

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