GOLD BEACH, Ore. — The Lobster Creek Fire just a handful of miles from Gold Beach is "shrinking," according to the latest report from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team on the scene.
Investigators believe that the fire began on July 1, and within a day fire crews estimated that the fire covered nearly 450 acres.
Now, ODF says, the edge of the wildfire is cooling—allowing firefighters closer access to the perimeter. From there, firefighters are using handheld global positioning system (GPS) devices to more accurately map the fire's area.
At the latest estimate, ODF says that the Lobster Creek Fire now covers 397 acres, with containment at 30 percent.
There are currently over 700 firefighters and support personnel assigned to the wildfire, including 27 hand crews. ODF says that they will be conducting "mop up" operations over the next few days before Incident Management Team 3 hands command of firefighting efforts back over to the local Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA).
Beginning today, many of those crews and their equipment will be preparing to head home or to other fires. Through Wednesday, estimated costs for fighting the Lobster Creek Fire are over $956,000.
The Curry County Sheriff's Office reported on Tuesday that the wildfire began near a youth camp where a group of environmental activist campers were spending the weekend. Although deputies attempted to question those campers about the origins of the fire, witnesses gave few details "upon advice from their attorney."