NEAR APPLLEGATE, Ore. – A Level 1 evacuation alert is in effect for portions of Humbug Creek Rd. in Jackson County. The evacuation is for all homes on the left fork of Humbug Creek Rd., and addresses 2542 and above on the main fork of Humbug Creek Rd (the dirt portion).
A roadblock is in place on the right fork of Foots Creek Rd. to restrict traffic to local residents and fire-related vehicles. No evacuation alerts are in effect for the Foots Creek area.
Level 1 evacuation means to prepare and plan what things are essential to take, care for pets and livestock, and deciding where you will go should the evacuation level rise.
The Old Blue Mountain Fire is now estimated at 60 acres, located 8 miles south of the city of Rogue River and 3 miles north of the town of Applegate. Notifications to residents affected by the evacuation alert were made by phone trees activated by Applegate Valley Fire District No. 9.
The Old Blue Mountain Fire is being fought by ODF Southwest Oregon District firefighters. Crews and bulldozers working overnight established a fire line 75 percent of the way around the fire’s perimeter, and the fire is 15 percent contained. Helicopters and air tankers are being used today to cool flames around the fire’s edge and to reinforce fire lines.