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The Labrador Fire is currently estimated to be 700 acres in size. Officials say the primary strategy for the Labrador Fire today is for firefighters to continue to scout and size up the fire situation. Firefighters are dealing with the combined challenges of rugged terrain and extreme conditions.
Officials say a north/northwest air flow is predicted over the Labrador Fire area today, with temperatures a bit cooler, winds a bit less gusty and better humidity recoveries predicted, particularly in the lower elevations. Fire spread is expected to be more active on the ridge tops.
[Information courtesy of Oregon State Fire Marshal]
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — Residents west of Glendale were evacuated late Saturday afternoon. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office evacuated all homes west of McCullough Creek Road to Reuben.
Residents east of McCullough Creek Road to the mill west of Glendale are being asked to prepare for potential evacuation. This means residents are warned that should conditions worsen, they also will be asked to evacuate. Seventy-five total homes have been affected.
Residents that have been evacuated can go to the American Red Cross Shelter that has been established at the Glendale Elementary School. You can contact Red Cross by calling 541-580-4568 or visiting the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org/nss.
Late Saturday evening, Governor John Kitzhaber declared the Douglas County Complex a conflagration. The declaration authorized the state fire marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire and working to protect structures.
Four structural task forces have been activated to assist. The Oregon State Fire Marshal Office has an incident management team at the fire that is operating jointly with ODF personnel to assist with the fire threat to 45 structures.
CURRENT STATUS AS OF 9 p.m. SUNDAY: The Douglas Complex is now burning 13,400 acres. It has been divided up into three branches – Milo, on the east side of Interstate 5; Rabbit Mountain/Union Creek, on the west side of Interstate 5, northwest of Glendale, and Dad’s Creek/Panther Butte, west of Glendale. Fire has been burning actively, yesterday and overnight, in both branches west of the interstate. All fires have been staffed, with private industrial landowners and ten aircraft assisting firefighters in suppression.