Thursday, August 1, 2013

Brimstone Fire Update, August 1, 2013 @ 09:45 hrs


Crews continued aggressive suppression efforts on the 1,700 acre, lightning-caused Brimstone Fire, which was first detected on Thursday afternoon, July 29. Containment of the fire is now estimated at 15 percent.
 
Crews will take advantage of the cooler temperatures and light winds today to reinforce the fire lines by laying hose throughout the trailed areas and cool the hot spots.
 
Extreme fire conditions still threaten the control lines. Spotting occurred last night and into the morning, up to 2 acres in size, but crews were able to control them. The fire team is preparing for increased winds and a warming trend starting Friday that could affect fire behavior and pose hazardous conditions for firefighters.
 
Approximately 700 personnel are now assigned to the fire under the supervision of the Oregon Department of Forestry. Resources include 26 crews, 27 engines, seven bulldozers, and 15 water tenders. No injuries to fire personnel have been reported since the start of the fire.
 
Fire suppression costs to date are approximately $4 million.
 
The fire is being managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry with many cooperators including the 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.

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