SELMA, Ore. — Fire crews on the Labrador Fire say they have had plenty of experience in how to handle the flames. That’s because much of the same crews battled multiple wildfires in that area over the past 10 years.
Many firefighters and managers helped battle the Biscuit Fire in the Illinois Valley in 2002, and fought wildfires in the same area in 2008 and 2010.
In the past two wildfires, crews took an indirect approach by using existing ridges and rivers to help check the fire, along with previous firelines from the Biscuit Fire. They say that experience is helping them know what could work on the Labrador.
“It’s rewarding to know there’s some rich experience levels amongst our team,” Fire Information Officer, Tom Lavagnino, said. “We know this area quite well, we’ve had some failures and some successes and we’ve learned from both. I think we’re putting that together for a successful strategy.”
Fire managers say there have been some key differences. The Labrador Fire is burning on an area where the Biscuit burned, but the Horse Mountain and Oak Flat fires in 2008 and 2010 burned near the Biscuit Fire.