'Aggressive efforts' hold Worthington Fire to 600 acres overnight

Multiple agencies are on the scene of a wildfire along Worthington Road, between Eagle Point and Butte Falls.

Posted: Jul 31, 2020 9:05 AM
Updated: Jul 31, 2020 1:09 PM

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — A multi-agency assault on a fast-growing wildfire between Eagle Point and Butte Falls kept the fire from growing considerably overnight, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Fire crews responded to the fire roughly five miles to the northeast of Eagle Point on Thursday afternoon, later prompting evacuation orders for one nearby road.


(Photo courtesy Pat Scupien)

Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) told NewsWatch 12 that the Worthington Fire is estimated at roughly 600 acres as of Friday morning.

The approximate location is at the end of Worthington Road, among wooded hills between Eagle Point and Butte Falls. ODF described the area as forest and brush, partly on BLM land and on private property protected by ODF.

BLM issued a further update on Friday afternoon, crediting the swift response with keeping the Worthington Fire from spreading overnight.

"The initial and extended attack teams have been extraordinary in the aggressive efforts to contain this fire," the agency said. "Thanks to cooler weather and higher humidity last night, crews were able to make substantial process creating fire line, and as of 06:00, have dozer lines around 90% of the fire."

Worthington Road is now under a Level 3 "GO" evacuation order from the 1500-block to the end of the road, including all higher number addresses.

"Level 3 means danger is currently affecting your area or is imminent, and you should leave immediately," the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said. "If you have livestock that you are evacuating, the Jackson County Expo may be able to assist you with placing the animals there. Call the Expo for further information."

BLM said that fire crews intend to "continue a robust ground and aviation campaign" on Friday, amid temperatures in the 90s and expected afternoon winds.

Resources and fire crews from ODF, the federal Bureau of Land Management, and Jackson County Fire District 3 are on the scene. As of Friday, there were 250 personnel, six dozers, eight 20-person hand crews, three water tenders, seven helicopters and one air tanker on the scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 155597

Reported Deaths: 2208
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31877528
Washington21211212
Marion18468285
Clackamas13380175
Lane10258126
Jackson8395112
Umatilla765982
Deschutes595259
Yamhill378364
Linn359056
Malheur335158
Polk306442
Klamath279155
Douglas247454
Benton234416
Josephine234050
Jefferson195828
Coos149119
Union128419
Columbia126521
Wasco122126
Lincoln113220
Hood River106929
Morrow104914
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6567
Curry4296
Tillamook4142
Lake3766
Harney2736
Grant2231
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3566914

Reported Deaths: 52158
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119192321435
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2866072874
Orange2612203917
San Diego2600913284
Santa Clara1106211777
Kern102627827
Fresno953931443
Sacramento932811472
Alameda806681242
Ventura77623844
San Joaquin665691101
Contra Costa62248681
Stanislaus56132946
Tulare47784758
Monterey42138328
San Mateo38998515
San Francisco34260412
Santa Barbara31805411
Solano30024164
Merced28915397
Sonoma28141298
Imperial26903591
Kings21955218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15467209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12834185
Shasta10985174
Butte10962160
El Dorado9095100
Napa903869
Sutter884597
San Benito576759
Yuba573337
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Nevada396074
Tuolumne394659
Mendocino379643
Amador346341
Humboldt318033
Lake315641
Glenn222523
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128737
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Medford
Partly Cloudy
66° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 66°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
51° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 51°
Medford
Partly Cloudy
66° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 66°
Medford
Partly Cloudy
66° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 66°
Klamath Falls
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 54°
Very mild start to March
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events