SELMA, Ore. – Crews continued to battle a large wildfire burning near Lake Selmac on Tuesday, but told homeowners to be ready to leave if the situation gets worse.
The Reeves Creek Fire was first reported Monday night, and has burned about 230 acres in an area near Reeves Creek Road and Highway 199. No homes have been burned, but crews have given level 1 evacuation notices to people living on Wild Park Drive, telling them to prepare to go if the fire grows.
According to Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry, the fire burned into a “bowl” area between hills, and crews are using helicopters and airplanes to drop water and fire retardant on the flames. Once conditions cool down, hand crews will use bulldozers to build fire lines around more of the fire. As of Tuesday afternoon, there are fire lines around 70 percent of the fire, and the fire is about 20 percent contained.
“The first step is to finish the fire line. Second step is to mop in a little ways to totally extinguish a black line, a ring, around the inside of the fire line,” Ballou said.
Fire crews will be watching the weather forecast over the next few days, to see if winds pick up in the region. If they do, they could begin to spread the fire in different directions.