Containment Scaled Back for Reeves Fire

reeves creek wednesdaySELMA, Ore. – Tuesday night, fire crews were confident that the Reeves Creek Fire burning near Selma would soon be fully contained. By Wednesday morning, the forecast had them less confident.

The fire, which has burned 230 acres, was listed at 90 percent containment Tuesday night, but was downgraded to 50 percent containment Wednesday. Fire crews said the fire activity has decreased dramatically, and the fire is fully lined, but possible winds in the forecast could impact the firefight.

There are still areas within the fire lines that have unburned material, according to Brian Ballou, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Ballou said if winds increase, they could carry burning embers into that dry fuel.

Hand crews will remain on scene to strengthen fire lines and douse hot spots. The helicopters used on the fire earlier this week are on standby in case the Reeves Creek Fire flares back up or if another fire is sparked in the region.

The level 1 evacuation notice for Wild Park Lane has been cancelled, according to the Illinois Valley Fire Department. It means people living in that area do not have to be ready to leave.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.