(UPDATE 7:25 A.M.): Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night on the Reeves Creek Fire, which has burned 200-250 acres of forestland south of Selma (25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County). Fireline now encircles 70 percent of the fire’s perimeter.
(UPDATE 11:53 P.M.): Fire officials now estimate the fire to be 120 acres and say they have it 20 percent contained.
CAVE JUNCTION, Ore.– A 50 to 100 acre fire is burning near Lake Selmac right now. The Reeves Creek Fire began as a small three to five acre fire, but fire officials said dry vegetation and strong winds have them concerned about containment.
“Looking at the fire behavior that has been going on this afternoon, it’s spotting out ahead of itself in the distance, 1000 to 1500 feet so we’re going to have some problems with this for a while,” said ODF Assistant District Forester, Rick Dryer.
Oregon Department of Forestry Officials said they are calling in more crew and helicopters to help get the fire under control. ODF also said there are several structures being threatened at this time. Fire officials have also closed down several rural roads, including Reeves Creek Road, in the area as they continue to fight the fire. Fire crews plan to continue to fight the fire as much as possible overnight, and will reassess acreage, containment, and fire activity in the morning. Stay with Newswatch 12 for more updates.