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Containment on Slater and Devil Fires increase

The Slater Fire is now estimated at 155,004 acres and is 55 percent contained and the Devil Fire is at 8,531 and is 25% contained. The Josephine County Sheriff's office has lifted some evacuations in the area.

Posted: Sep 13, 2020 10:48 AM
Updated: Oct 4, 2020 10:09 AM

HAPPY CAMP, Calif.-- 

UPDATE:  Containment on both the Slater and Devil fires have increased according to the U.S. Forest Service. Right now the Slater Fire has burned 155,004 acres and containment has reached 55 percent. The Devil Fire has burned 8,531 acres and is now 25 percent contained.

Fire crews say that on the north and northwest flanks of the fire, crews are continuing to mop up and extend the depth of containment lines. On the northeast side of the fire, crews are working on constructing fire lines towards Swan Mountain. Officials say that air supports are available and will be utilized when smoky conditions decrease.

On the southwest part of the fire, firefighters are looking for containment opportunities in the Sanger Peak area, while also extending mop up and patrol efforts along Sanger Peak Road.

The U.S. Forest Service says that the public will continue to see smoke from strategic firing operations and fuels that continue to burn and smolder in the interior of the fire. 

(Updated, 10/4/20 10:07 a.m.)


HAPPY CAMP, Calif.--

UPDATE: The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is lifting the evacuation status for everyone living near the following road systems
and secondary roads: Hwy 199 from mileposts 25 to 34 including connecting county roads, the City of Cave
Junction, Rockydale Road from US Hwy 199 to Pinecone Drive, Caves Highway from Cave Junction to the west end of
Holland Loop Road.

The sheriff's office is also downgrading the evacuation level from a Level 2 “Be Set” to a Level 1 “Be Ready”
for anyone living on the north side of Caves Highway from the west end of Holland Loop Road to Grayback Road.

Also Level 3 “Go” evacuations for residents along US Highway 199 from milepost 37 to the Oregon State line, the Elk Creek Road and Dwight Creek Road; Takilma Road from 7000 block to 10000 block Takilma Road, including connecting county roads in
that area; and Happy Camp Road including connecting county roads to milepost have been reduced to a Level 2 evacuation.

The Slater and Devil Fires grew by only a couple hundred since last night and has surpassed 162,000 acres. Containment on the two fire combined remains at 27%.

On the Slater Fire, firefighters are continuing to focus on reducing the wildfire threat to nearby communities and strengthening the control lines around the fire's perimeter. Structure task forces are still working around communities and are monitoring impacted residences to ensure that there are no problems.

While on the Devil Fire the south edge of the fire has been patrolled, inspected and mopped up from Pacific Crest Trail west, towards Fort Goff Creek. Fire crews will continue to use both direct and indirect lines along the north and east sides of the fire. 

Right now the Slater Fire has burned 153,850 acres and is 27% contained and the Devil Fire is 8,406 acres and is 18% contained. There have been three injuries and two deaths that have been attributed to the fires. 11 structures have been destroyed and more than 2,000 homes are still in danger from the Slater and Devil Fires. 

(Updated 9/26/20 11 a.m.)


HAPPY CAMP, Calif.--

UPDATE: The Slater and Devil fires continue to grow in Siskiyou and Josephine counties. The two fires combined have burned 153,842 acres and is 25 percent contained.

For California, evacuation orders are still in effect for some neighborhoods in Happy Camp where power lines and hazardous materials remain a concern and evacuation warnings are still active in most of Happy Camp including Elk Creek Road, for Seiad along Highway 96 and in Gasguet nearby the hiouchi and big flat communities

For Oregon, evacuation level 3 orders are in effect in the O'Brien, and Takilma areas, Dick George Road (including most of Holland Loop) and Takilma Road areas, Brown Road, O'Brien and all areas south of Brown Road O'Brien. Areas south of Kerby and Cave Junction are still in a level 2 order.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is saying that U.S. 199 (Redwood Highway) is now open again south of Cave Junction through to U.S. 101 and Crescent City.

The area is still an active fire zone. ODOT says that people should prepare for possible delays depending on fire conditions and to expect future short-term delays and closures to accommodate firefighting efforts.

(Updated: 9/19/20 11 a.m.)


HAPPY CAMP, Calif. — The Slater Fire continues to slowly spread in all directions.
Fire Crews say that fire activity around Happy Camp has now significantly moderated, with humidity damping down fire activity along the fire perimeter. The town remains in mop-up and patrol status.

The Slater Fire has now backed down to Highway 96 near Seattle Creek.
Highway 199 remains closed from O’Brien south almost to Gasquet. Highway 96 remains closed from Portuguese Creek to Clear Creek.

The Devil Fire is estimated at 4,149 acres.

The Slater Fire is estimated at 126,333 acres, according to last night’s infrared flight.

Josephine County Sheriff's Office has ordered:

• Level 3 GO! - BEEBEE DRIVE, KENDALL, BROWNTOWN, HOLLAND CORNER areas

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