Saturday, August 13, 2016

Redwood Highway Fire Held at 50 Acres

The Redwood Highway Fire remains at 50 acres this evening and is 90 percent contained. Roadblocks on Deer Creek Road will be removed at 7:00 p.m. and the evacuation level for all areas around the burned area will drop to Level 1 (Ready) at the same time.

The fire started Friday afternoon in the community of Selma, located nine miles north of Cave Junction in southern Josephine County. The fire crossed Highway 199 near Ray's Market in Selma and continued burning east of the highway. Three homes and several outbuildings were destroyed.

Today, fire crews extinguished hot spots all around the fire's perimeter and a helicopter patrolled overhead watching for spot fires. Tonight, a 20-person supported by an engine and a water tender will continue mopping up and patrolling.

Wildland fire suppression crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry were aided today by engines and personnel from the Illinois Valley Fire District, Rural Metro Fire Department, Grants Pass Fire-Rescue and several private contractors.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Police continue their investigation into the cause of the Redwood Highway Fire.