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Labrador Fire Grows to 1,000 Acres

Labrador Fire GrowsSELMA, Ore. – The Labrador Fire continued to grow Tuesday, and has now reached more than 1,000 acres in size.

A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m., at the Josephine County Building in Cave Junction. Fire managers will be on hand to answer questions and give more details on the fire and possible evacuations.

The fire is burning in a remote area 12 miles northwest of Selma, making it hard for fire crews to access the fire. More than 400 firefighters are on scene, and a fire camp has been established at Lake Selmac.

The fire is burning in an area where part of the Biscuit Fire burned in 2002. Crews said they are working on existing firelines from that wildfire, and said they could help in the current firefight.

Crews said they are trying to keep the fire on the south side of the Illinois River, and hope to use the river as a natural fire break. They said the fire has burned down to the river in some places, and said the water can be used to anchor the fire and allow crews to gain ground.

Because the fire area is so remote and only accessed by hard-to-travel forest service roads, it has made it difficult to get crews on scene. The thick smoke in the air has also prevented helicopters from being used.

The fire is also approaching the tiny Oak Flat community, home to about 8 structures. The people living there have been told to be ready to leave if conditions change.