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FireWatch: Fielder Creek Fire near Rogue River fully lined overnight

The Oregon Department of Forestry says that the Fielder Creek Fire northwest of Rogue River is lined and plumbed at 32 acres.

Posted: Sep 8, 2021 10:05 AM
Updated: Sep 8, 2021 10:48 AM

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry says that the Fielder Creek Fire northwest of Rogue River was lined and lumbed overnight at 32 acres.

The fire was first reported just after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday night in the 900-block of Fielder Creek Road. Firefighters from Rogue River Fire District 1 and ODF arrived on the scene and began an "aggressive Initial attack." With homes in the surrounding surrounding area, structural engines worked to defend surrounding properties.

Dispatch soon sounded a second and third alarm, bringing in fire crews for multiple other agencies, including helicopters and air tankers. A contract crew and engines were called in to staff the fire overnight.

By Wednesday morning, fire crews had fully lined and plumbed the fire perimeter with hose, allowing water access anywhere on the fire.

"[The Bureau of Land Management] played a large role in firefighters quickly controlling this incident," ODF said. "Firefighters were also able to save the home of residents who completed their own fuels mitigation on their property through ODF fuels reduction programs. No structures were lost or damaged, and no injuries have been reported."

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Emergency Management placed residents on Fielder Creek road in a Level 2 (BE SET) evacuation notice Tuesday night. That warning will remain in effect until lifted by these agencies.

Four crews, seven engines, and two tree fallers are assigned to the fire on Wednesday. ODF said that multiple aircraft are also available if needed.

"Hazardous trees and steep terrain are posing safety risks to firefighters, and will remain the focus today," the agency said. "Goals include holding the line and removing snag trees to ensure a safer mop-up for personnel."

The cause of this fire is still under investigation.

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