Saturday, July 27, 2013

Overnight Wind Stirs Up Fires on ODF-Protected Lands in Josephine County

[ Updated 3:20 p.m. ]

Gusty winds overnight caused a few of the fires being battled by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit to grow. The Brimstone Fire, located 5 miles southwest of Sunny Valley, grew to 100 acres, and the Farmer Gulch Fire (see photo), 2 miles west of Wolf Creek grew to 20 70 acres. The Big Windy Fire also grew significantly; the fire is composed of several lightning-caused fires, and area is mostly roadless and rugged. Big Windy is estimated at over 100 acres and is located 10 miles west of Galice and about 1 mile south of the Rogue River in the Black Bar area.

The rest of the fires in the complex of lightning-caused fires managed by ODF's Grants Pass Unit caused no further problems overnight.