Sunday, July 21, 2013

Smoke Rapidly Recedes from Pacifica Fire

One hundred and fifty firefighters are fanned across the 500-acre Pacifica Fire today hunting down and extinguishing the few remaining hot spots. The fire broke out Friday afternoon and 150 structures were threatened. Structural firefighters and engines were called in from across Jackson and Josephine counties, and additional help was brought in from fire departments in Lincoln, Linn, Lane and Marion counties. Oregon Dept. of Forestry crews and other southwest Oregon wildland firefighters worked into Saturday morning to completely encircle the blaze with fireline.

Early this morning, the out-of-area structural firefighters and their engines were released from the Pacifica Fire, as was the Oregon State Fire Marshal's incident management team.

Working on the fire today are five 20-person crews, ten wildland fire engines and three water tenders. They will be patrolling the blackened area to dig out and extinguish hot spots deep inside the fireline.

Assistance during the firefight late Friday was provided by the Josephine and Jackson counties' sheriffs' and emergency management departments, and Josephine County Search and Rescue. Personnel from these entities staffed roadblocks, notified residents about the fire threat, and answered phones at Josephine County's emergency operations center. Facilities for the incident command post were supplied by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Pacifica.