Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rain Cools Onion Mountain Fire

Fire at a Glance

Size: 4,077 acres


Containment: 8%
Assigned personnel:  780
 
Aircraft:
  • 6 Heavy-lift helicopters
  • 5 Medium-lift helicopters
  • 3 Light-lift helicopters
  • 5 Air Tankers available
  • 2 Fixed-wing air management aircraft
 Location:  15 miles west of Grants Pass, Oregon

Rain occurred over much of the fire area yesterday afternoon and throughout the night, giving fire personnel an opportunity to make good headway building containment lines.  Firefighters held and improved existing lines, while continuing fireline construction along the south and east flanks of the fire.  Crews and heavy equipment also made progress preparing indirect lines on the western portion of the fire utilizing existing roads and ridgetops.

Showers and cooler temperatures forecasted for today will drastically decrease fire activity and allow firefighters to continue direct handline and dozer line construction where safely possible.  High temperatures are expected to range from 60 to 70 degrees, while minimum humidity will be around 50 to 55 percent, as the low pressure system remains in the area.  Hot and dry weather is predicted to return to the area this weekend.

Air operations were limited for most of the day due to cloud cover and smoky conditions, and a low cloud base could keep much of the available aircraft grounded today.  A structure protection group has completed their assessment of the nearby residences and will remain in place to implement a defensive strategy in the event the fire grows north and eastward and threatens residences.

A public meeting will be held Thursday (today) at 6:30 p.m. in the Fleming Middle School to provide fire information and address concerns.  All interested persons are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The school address is 6001 Monument Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526.

Road, area, and campground closures remain in place to provide  public and firefighter safety.  A Level 1 Evacuation Notice advising residents to be aware of fire danger in the area is still in effect for residents in the Pickett Creek, Shan Creek, Riverbanks Road, and Taylor Creek Road areas.


Fire Information Number: 541-471-7441

Fire Information E-Mail: 
onionmtfireinfo@gmail.com

Fire Information Website:  
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4111/
 
Josephine County Emergency Preparedness” Facebook Page

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