Merlin-The Brimstone Fire is now 40 percent contained after fire crews made considerable progress over the last 24 hours.
The fire is estimated at just under 2,300 acres, a growth of about 100 acres primarily from back burning operations to reduce forest fuels near established containment lines.
While mop up activities continue throughout much of the fire, crews and aviation resources have been concentrating on the northwest corner of the fire, which has proved to be the most challenging area of the fire.
Weather forecasts are calling for 90 degree temperatures and humidity near 20 percent today, which is expected to increase fire behavior.
Approximately 700 wildland fire fighting personnel are now assigned to the fire under the supervision of the Oregon Department of Forestry. Cooperators include the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Land Management, Josephine County Emergency Services, Josephine County Forestry, Josephine County Sheriff’s Department, Josephine County Search and Rescue, Rural Metro Fire Department, City of Grants Pass, and the National Weather Service.