Monday, August 10, 2015

Krauss Lane Fire is Human Caused

The Krauss Lane Fire, 5 miles south of Cave Junction, has been deemed human caused and is currently under investigation.  The fire started around 1:30 PM at the 100 block of Krauss Lane on August 8. Upon arrival, units reported the fire to be 2-4 acres with immediate structural threat to 50 homes. Command requested a second alarm that initiated Rural Metro Fire resources as well as other agencies. Both Rogue Valley Task Force 1 and 2 were activated and requested on scene as the fire continued to spread. ODF requested helicopters, tankers, tenders, crews and engines to stop the spread of fire.

The fire grew to a total of 58 acres and destroyed one outbuilding and six vehicles. Night operations continued through this morning, and crews will continue mopping-up and move to gridding by the end of the day. Depending on how work progresses, night operations may not be necessary through the night.

The fire currently has a Type 1 helicopter, (1) 10- person handcrew, (1) 20-person handcrew and six engines. Once mop-up and gridding are complete, crews will check the fire for three straight days to insure there are no smokes or smoldering areas. Within that three day period, if they find any smokes, they will restart their three day watch until they have three continues days without smoke.

Today's conditions  will continue to be hot and dry. We will be in a red flag warning from 2PM Monday to 1 AM Tuesday for scattered thunderstorms.