Saturday, July 20, 2013

Pacifica Fire Fully Lined at 500 Acres



Fire crews working overnight on the 500-acre Pacifica Fire, located near the community of Williams in Josephine County, completed a fireline around the perimeter, stabilizing the wildfire that broke out around 2:30 p.m. Friday. More than 150 structures were threatened by the fire, one home burned as did several outbuildings and vehicles.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal deployed an incident management team and out-of-area structural fire task forces to assist with providing additional structural protection this weekend.

More than 200 firefighters are working on the Pacifica Fire today and the fire camp is set up on the Pacifica property, located on Water Gap Rd. Firefighters plan on mopping up hot spots within 100 of the fireline and 100 feet around structures inside the burned area.

Roadblocks that were set up yesterday on the Williams Hwy. and Water Gap Rd. have been removed. However, non-residents are asked to avoid the fire area today as many fire engines and heavy equipment will be using the Williams Hwy., Water Gap Rd. and Powell Creek Rd.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.