Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fireline Construction Continues on Onion Mountain Fire

Working from a secure anchor point on the southeast corner of the fire, crews and dozers made progress establishing and securing containment lines along the east flank.  Firefighters also began constructing direct and indirect lines along the southern and western flanks of the fire utilizing existing roads and a major ridge.

Fire at a Glance

Size: 3,735 acres

Containment: 5%

Assigned personnel:  514
  • 6 Heavy-lift helicopters
  • 5 Medium-lift helicopters
  • 2 Light-lift helicopters
  • 5 Air Tankers available
  • 2 Fixed-wing air management aircraft
Location:  15 miles west of Grants Pass, Oregon
Area Closures:  Detailed information regarding the area closures can be found at:

Closures: Sam Brown Campground and Horse Camp, Briggs Campground, Myers Campground, Portions of Forest Road (FR) 2500, FR 2509, and FR 2706.

A Level 1 Evacuation Notice, advising residents to be ready, remains in effect for residences in the Pickett Creek, Shan Creek, Riverbanks Road, and Taylor Creek Road areas.  Road, area and campground closures have been issued for public and firefighter safety. 

Helicopters dropped water and air tankers dropped retardant to assist firefighting efforts, but poor visibility due to smoky conditions limited the use of aircraft in some sections of the fire.  Lingering smoke may hinder air operations again today.

The fire grew about 600 acres to the north Tuesday.  An incoming low pressure system will bring cooler weather and  showers are expected this afternoon and into Thursday.  High temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 degrees and minimum humidity around 35 to 40 percent are forecasted for today.

Fire personnel will take advantage of the weather by continuing to build containment lines as close to the fire’s edge as possible.  A structure protection group to assess home protection remains in place in the event the fire grows and threatens homes and businesses in the area.

A public meeting will be held at Fleming Middle School, Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to provide information regarding the Onion Mountain Fire.  The school address is 6001 Monument Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526. All interested persons are encouraged to attend.

Fire Information Number:  541-471-7441

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