Labrador Fire Update Monday, July 29
Incident: Labrador Fire Wildfire
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Closures: Forest Roads 4103, 4105 and 4103152. The entire Illinois River Trail.
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SOUTHWEST OR - The Labrador Fire is burning south and west of the Illinois River in an inaccessible area approximately 12 miles northwest ofSelma,Oregon. The fire has spread into the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
The fire is approximately 870 acres and located due west of the Oak Flat community. The Josephine County Sheriff Department has issued a level 2 evacuation “advisory” for Oak Flat. This is not a mandatory evacuation but if the hazard increases this could change.
Fifty fire fighters are camped at Oak Flat to provide structure protection and enhance protection near residences. The current firefighting strategy, based on steep topography, rolling material and snags is to confine the fire utilizing previously constructed fire lines and roads. Crews are also scouting for additional indirect containment opportunities. This confinement strategy could result in a long term fire. Although long term in nature, this fire is not burning with the same intensities or impacts as past large fires.
Firefighting efforts have been hampered by smoke from other fires to the north. Currently, the fire is backing down to theIllinois River on the north and east flanks.
Although smoke permeates the area at this time from fires to the north, Highway 199 and local businesses in the area are open.
Forest Roads 4103, 4105 and 4103152 are closed is closed to the public to allow access for fire traffic as well as the entire Illinois River Trail.
For more information please contact the temporary Fire Information Line at (541) 471-6620.