Fires Crews Utilizing Illinois River

Illionois River

SELMA, Ore. — The Labrador Fire continues to burn now at 2,000 acres with 0% containment.

At 1 a.m. Thursday, crews took an infra-red picture of the fire. They couldn’t see the west side of the fire because the fog and clouds blocked it. They say the damage could be a lot worse.

On the east side, crews have been working to build containment lines. They are hoping to use the Illinois River to hold the fire, but say there is a chance the fire can jump or burn past the river.

This fire is burning in the same area as the 2002 Biscuit Fire. Officials say the fall rain gave them that needed break

“But that’s not what? For quite some time. August 1st today and we’re talking mid-October for some significant rains. Let’s hope for some rain in between,” said Tom Lavagnino, the Fire Information Officer

Firefighters cannot safely build containment lines in the wilderness area. Also, they are still unable to use air-tankers because of the heavy smoke.