JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — Fire crews are on the scene of a wildfire just west of Wilderville in Josephine County. The Oregon Department of Forestry is one of many agencies responding to a wildfire burning in Josephine County.
ODF tells NewsWatch12 it has quickly grown after being first reported around 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon along Slate Creek Road, which is off of Highway 199 a few miles west of Wilderville. ODF is calling it the Slate Creek Fire, burning in timber and brush about 13 miles west of Grants Pass.
ODF stated in a press release that the size of the fire late Monday afternoon was estimated at 120 acres, burning on BLM lands protected by ODF. ODF said several helicopters and air tankers are dropping water and retardant on the fire scene, assisting the ground attack provided by 8 ODF engines, 3 crews, one water tender and 3 bulldozers. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire is west of Highway 199 and north of Hayes Hill. Waters Creek and Slate Creek roads are closed to non-emergency traffic. The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit is managing the fire, and roadblocks are being staffed by Josephine County Sheriff deputies. Douglas Forest Protective Association and US Forest Service are also assisting with fire resources.
Slate Creek Road has been closed; only those who live on that road are allowed through.