WILLIAMS, Ore. — Saturday afternoon fire crews report the Pacifica Fire at roughly 500 acres. The fire continues to burn near Williams in Josephine County. Overnight crews strengthened the fireline around the perimeter. Officials say they have the fire stabilized. It first started around 2:30 p.m. Officials say more than 150 were threatened by the fire and one home burned along with several outbuildings and vehicles.
Officials say the Oregon State Fire Marshal deployed an incident management team and out-of-area structural fire task forces to assist with providing additional structural protection over the weekend.
Saturday, more than 200 firefighters are working on the Pacifica Fire and the fire camp is set up on the Pacifica property, located on Water Gap Road. Firefighters plan on mopping up hot spots within 150 of the fireline and 100 feet around structures inside the burned area.
Helicopters and air tankers are available for use should the need arise.
Roadblocks that were set up yesterday on the Williams Hwy. and Water Gap Rd. have been removed. However, non-residents are asked to avoid the fire area today as many fire engines and heavy equipment will be using the Williams Hwy., Water Gap Rd. and Powell Creek Rd.
Evacuees returned to their homes early Friday evening. The residents of approximately 75 homes were advised to evacuate Friday afternoon.
Governor John Kitzhaber invoked the Conflagration Act on Friday, a move which enabled the Oregon State Fire Marshal to mobilize an incident management team for the Pacifica Fire and for structural task forces to be brought in from around the state.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.