Saturday, July 6, 2013

Stratton Creek Fire Efforts Continue Today - 50% Contained

A current and more accurate sizeup of the Stratton Creek Fire was released today putting it at 145 acres, including a 13-acre spotfire south of the main body of the fire. Crews working on the Stratton Creek Fire, 11 miles southwest of Glendale and 14 miles northwest of Grants Pass, have completed a fireline around the spot fire and main body of the fire. 9 - 20 person crews, 8 type-6 engines, 8 water tenders, 2 bulldozers, 2 large (Type 1) Helicopters with buckets and a fixed wing Air Attack platform are assigned to the fire today. Two fallers are cutting down dangerous snags so crews can continue laying hose lines, extinguish pockets of fire and initiate mop-up in the 132 acres that make up the main body of the fire.

Resources on Standby:

2 Large (Type 1) Airtankers are on standby at Medford Tanker Base. Yesterday the two heavy airtankers assisted in laying retardant lines in steep terrain with thick timber fuels by dropping 12 loads of retardant on the fire's perimeter.

Objectives on the fire today: Continue containment efforts, hold the fire line, ensure appropriate flagging is in place and iniate mop-up.

Estimated Control Date: Wednesday, July 10th.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire is located on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Josephine County Forestry, which is protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry.

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