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Fire crews respond to remote fire within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Officials say that the Josephine Fire is located just outside of the Biscuit Fire scar on the backside of Woodcock Mountain.

Posted: May 10, 2021 12:34 PM
Updated: May 10, 2021 12:36 PM

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Fire crews are working to contain a wildfire located in a remote area of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest roughly to the west of Cave Junction.

Officials from the U.S. Forest Service said that the Josephine Fire was first reported on Sunday within the Wild Rivers Ranger District. It is located in a "very inaccessible location" on the far side of Woodcock Mountain near Josephine Creek, just outside of the Biscuit Fire scar.

The Josephine Fire was last estimated at 22 acres, burning in grass, brush, and pine. Officials said that it has been a slow-moving fire due to moisture levels in the surrounding vegetation.

The Rogue River Interagency Hotshots, Wild Rivers District Engine 622, a Galice Wildland Fire Module, and a 20-person hand crew from Grayback Forestry are on-scene, supported by a Type 1 helicopter and air attack.

The fire's remote location and lack of proper roads in the area means that crews are using side-by-side UTVs to access the area.

“This fire is very difficult to access but we feel confident that we can get it lined today,” said Wild Rivers District Ranger Scott Blower.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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