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Friday Update on Wildfires

Labrador Fire

The estimated size of the fire remains at 2,020 acres. There is no word on containment.

Closures:
Forest Roads 4103, 4105 and 4103152.
The entire Illinois River Trail.

The Labrador Fire is burning in an area south and west of the Illinois River in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. The community of Oak Flat in Josephine County is still under a Level 2 or “advisory evacuation.”  There is a Level 1 or “alert advisory evacuation” for the area between Kerby Flat to McCaleb Ranch. These are no mandatory evacuations levels at this time.

Some streams within the fire are habitat for coho salmon, steelhead and trout. To reduce the impacts to fish and fish habitat firefighters are using screens on all water intake hoses to prevent killing small juvenile fish, requiring hand fire lines within 300 feet of fish-bearing streams. Spill kits are in place at all pumps located within the riparian zone.

For more information please contact the Fire Information Line at (541) 597-1160. For detailed information on the fire including maps and photos please visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/

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Big Windy Complex

5,132 acres total
-Jenny Fire: 1,455 acres
-Calvert Peak Fire: 125 acres
-Big Windy Fire: 3,552 acres
Containment: 0%
Personnel: 768

Officials say the Big Windy Complex consists of the Big Windy (Josephine County), Calvert Peak and Jenny Fires (Curry County). The fire is located on Medford District Bureau of Land Management lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Approximately 8 miles NW of Galice. The north part of the fire is within two miles of Winkle Bar on the Rogue River.

The BLM portion of the Wild Section of the Rogue River is still closed from Grave Creek to Mule Creek due to extreme fire conditions and public health and safety issues.

The Recreation section of the Wild and Scenic Rogue River is currently open to rafters. However, the Grave Creek takeout is closed and law enforcement officials will not allow traffic into Grave Creek. Rafters floating on this section of the river should use the Argo, Almeda, or Rand river exits.

Yesterday, officials say firefighters completed preparations around the Black Bar Lodge and the Zane Grey Cabin. Crews are remaining on site near these important historical resources on the Rogue River.

Closures:
The Bear Camp Road.
Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.
The BLM portion of the Wild Section of the Rogue River is closed from Grave Creek to Mule Creek due to extreme fire conditions and public health and safety issues.

Click Here for more information on Big Windy.

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Douglas Complex

The Douglas Complex burning 7 miles north of Glendale is 9% contained and is now at 28,740 acres.

A public meeting is planned for tonight at the Glendale Elementary School at 6:30 p.m.

Evacuations have been downgraded to a level 2 for Reuben Road, Mt. Reuben Road and McCullough Creek Road in Douglas County. Residents will be allowed to return home on alert. The roads remain closed to the public. Josephine County remains the same with Level 3 evacuations for Poorman Creek, Lower Graves Creek Road, Grave Creek Road, and Lower Wolf Creek.

Fire officials say to please be aware and watch for scams related to donations for firefighters. If you are interested in donating, please look to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, Red Cross, or another established organization.

Firefighters are contending with hazards, like falling boulders and trees, old mine shafts, and narrow roads which are affecting access into some of the fire area. Values at risk include homes, commercial timberland, and critical wildlife habitat. There are no reports of homes burned. Two minor injuries have been reported. Two outbuildings have burned.

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Whiskey Complex

The Whiskey Complex is now at 4,836 Acres. Containment is at 18%.

Effective today, fire officials say an area closure will be implemented around the Whiskey and Big Brother fires. The road closures in effect for the Smith Ridge and Buckeye fires will still remain in effect. This action was taken to control the amount of traffic in the fire area, and for safety concerns dealing with falling snags.

Closures:
-FS Road 29.
-FS Road 28 from Boulder Creek to French Junction.
-FS Road 31 from jct of FS
Road 29 to jct w/ spur 3100-600.
-FS Road 2925 from jct 29 to jct of 3114-600 and 2925-700 spurs.
-FS Road 3114-600
-Ash Flat Campground
-South Umpqua Campground
-South Umpqua Day Use Area
Location: 6 mi east of Tiller, Oregon.

Fire Information Number: 541-839-3099

For more information:
www.inciweb.org/incident/3562

Blog site for Whiskey Complex: whiskeycomplex.wordpress.com

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Orleans Complex

The Orleans Complex is comprised of two fires: the Butler Fire, which started on Wednesday and the Dance Fire, which started on Monday.

The Butler Fire, located on the Six Rivers National Forest, is located approximately 10 miles east of Somes Bar, California.
Estimated Size of the Butler Fire is at 500 acres and 0% containment. No structures have been reportedly damaged or destroyed. Fire officials say priorities on the fire are structure protection for the homes along Highway 93 (Forks of Salmon Road) and to keep the fire south and west of the Salmon River.

Closures:
Highway 93 (Forks of Salmon Road) is closed at Oak Bottom Campground
Nordheimer Campground is closed
The Salmon River, and land adjacent to the river, is closed between Wooley Creek and Nordheimer Campground

Currently, the fire is burning mostly on the south side of the Salmon River in the remote area east of Butler Flat. A spot fire detected earlier on the north side of the fire is estimated to be about ¼ acre. Challenges to fire fighters include extremely rugged and steep terrain, rock fall and intense fire activity, causing limited accessibility to the fire area.

The Dance Fire is estimated at 577 acres. It is 100% contained. 1 home and 2 outbuildings have reportedly damaged and/or destroyed.

Mop-up continues around the fire perimeter. The fire is smoldering and creeping within contained islands of heavy vegetation. Visitors and residents will continue to see smoke within the fire perimeter.

Click Here for updates and a map of the Orleans Complex.

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  1. Joy Stewart says:

    Thanks for your good coverage. A HUGE THANKS AND MANY PRAYERS FOR THE FIRE FIGHTERS AND FOLKS AFFECTED BY THESE FIRES!! JS

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