SELMA, Ore. -– Overnight, firefighters worked on the Redwood Highway Fire and made a great deal of progress.
Despite resources being limited and hazard trees being in the area, the fire is 100% lined and 45% contained.
Through GPS mapping, the fire located on Highway 199 milepost 23, approximately four miles south of Selma, caused multiple spot fires and it has been confirmed to be 6 acres in size.
The Oregon Department of Forestry, Southwest District says today, firefighters will continue falling hazardous trees and carry on with mop-up efforts.
ODF says, trees pose a risk to firefighters and traffic on Highway 199.
Four Type 6 engines, a 20-person hand crew, two fallers and two overhead managers are assigned to the fire today and aircraft will be available as needed.
The Redwood Highway Fire was first reported just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Two small fires at milepost 17 and 18 were encountered by firefighters upon arrival and were quickly put out.
ODF tells us, a fire at milepost 23 grew quickly and resources from ODF Southwest Oregon District, Illinois Valley Fire District, Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Fire District, Applegate Valley Fire District #9, and Rogue River Fire District #1 all responded and began an aggressive initial attack. Rogue Valley Wildland Task Force 2 was also requested.
Air resources including two large air tankers, two single engine air tankers, Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3 helicopters, and an air attack platform were ordered and supplied water bucket and retardant drops, helping to stop the forward spread of the fire.
A perimeter was established within the first four hours of the incident between ground crews and aircraft.
Firefighting activity eventually close Highway 199 on Saturday night, however, it has since been reopened.
Level 1 (BE READY) evacuations put in place by Josephine County Emergency Management for Wild Park Lane and Terrell Way have been lifted.