GOLD BEACH, Ore. —
UPDATE: According to ODF, fire crews "gained considerable ground overnight" against the Lobster Creek Fire near Gold Beach.
While the fire remains burning on an estimated 450 acres with 10 percent containment, ODF says that crews have nearly completed hand and bulldozer lines around the fire's perimeter.
ODF's Incident Management Team 3 arrived in the area on Monday afternoon and began taking over control of firefighting efforts from local agencies.
Now, ODF says, about 450 firefighters will be working around the clock, split into day and night shifts. There are also six helicopters, three retardant-dropping Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS), three bulldozers, five fire engines and five water tenders.
(Updated as of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3)
UPDATE: Personnel from Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Incident Team 3 are setting up a command post to combat the Lobster Creek Fire from the Curry County Fairgrounds.
ODF expects to be operational by 6 p.m., at which point they will take over firefighting operations from the Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA) and other local groups.
Meanwhile, northern winds continue to push the fire south. By Monday afternoon, the vanguard of the fire was in a valley between Lobster Creek and Fall Creek, moving steadily uphill.
At present, 120 firefighters—six groups of twenty each—are working to contain the flames. By Tuesday, four more groups are expected to arrive, raising the total to 200 firefighters.
Four helicopters are currently helping to fight the fire—two of them smaller copters with a capacity of 300-500 gallons of water, and two larger ones with a capacity of 1,000-3,000 gallons.
Fire investigators still believe that this fire was man-made, although they are uncertain on how exactly it began.
NewsWatch 12 has reporters on the scene and will continue to update you both on-air and online.
(Updated as of 5 p.m. on Monday, July 2)
INITIAL REPORT: A wildfire just 10 miles east of Gold Beach that was first reported on Sunday continues to grow, according to a statement from the Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA).
The Lobster Creek Fire now covers 446 acres and is only 10 percent contained, according to the CFPA. The fire has been steadily spreading south, pushed by strong winds.
Right now, 150 firefighters are working to contain the flames with a combination of foot crews, fire engines, bulldozers and aircraft. The fire has yet to threaten any homes or structures.
CLICK HERE for our previous coverage of the Lobster Creek Fire.
According to CFPA, the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Incident Management Team 3 is being mobilized to take over containment of the fire by Monday night.
Fire crews first responded to the Lobster Creek drainage area at 2 p.m. on Sunday after initial reports of the fire.