Old Blue Mountain Fire Grows


NEAR APPLEGATE, Ore. — Old Blue Mountain Fire is now an estimated 99 acres. This is an increase from previous estimates of 60 and 80 acres. Fire officials say the increased estimate comes from better mapping of the fire.

Tonight, the fire line is 85 percent complete, and the fire is currently 30 percent contained.

Fire officials say steep terrain is making the fire fight more challenging.

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.

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