Friday, July 29, 2016

Strong Arm Fire

Around 6 p.m. on July 28, ODF Southwest Oregon District and U.S. Forest Service firefighting crews responded to reports of smoke in the Applegate area.
Upon arrival, crews estimated the fire to be 10-11 acres in size with a moderate rate of growth. Command requested additional air craft and ground support in order to catch the fire before the 100-degree temperatures and mild winds helped it spread.
Two hours after the initial call, fire crews were able to knock down and contain the fire. A more accurate measurement was taken of the fire which showed the  final size to be 8.4 acres.
The fire burned in the wild land 7.5 miles northeast of Applegate Lake, and 13.5 miles southwest of Medford.
Crews stayed late into the night mopping up and monitoring for any signs of fire activity. 
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the U.S. Forest Service.

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