Labrador Fire Update Wednesday, July 31
Incident: Labrador Fire Wildfire
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 08:00 a.m.
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
Jeanne Klein - Incident Information Officer
Incident Command Post located at Lake Selmac, near Cave Junction, OR
Start date:7/26/13 06:00
Estimated Size:1,750 acres
# of Firefighters:425
Injuries to date:None
Closures: Forest Roads 4103, 4105 and 4103152. The entire Illinois River Trail.
# of 20-person hand crews:16
# of helicopters: 5
SOUTHWEST OR - The Labrador Fire is burning in an area south and west of the Illinois River in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon.
Fire behavior yesterday continued to be moderated by smoke over the area. Today’s weather forecast calls for some clearing and air mixing, which may allow use of aircraft, but could also increase fire behavior. Suppression efforts are aimed at allowing the fire to slowly back down to the Illinois River on the south and east edges. Crews continue to improve roads and remove brush and woody debris along contingency fire lines. Care is being taken to protect coho spawning streams and reduce the spread of noxious weeds. Suppression efforts are hampered by steep terrain and little road access. Fire crews are also dealing with significant poison oak issues.
The structure protection at Oak Flat in Josephine County is nearly complete and is being reinforced with a strike team of engines. Several crews of fire fighters remain camped in two locations closer to the fire in case they are needed. Oak Flat and Brushy Bar are still under a Level 2 or “advisory evacuation”. An area from Kerby Flat to McCaleb Ranch is now under a Level 1 or “alert advisory evacuation”. These are not mandatory evacuation levels but if the hazard increases this could change.
A public meeting will be held at the Josephine County building at 102 South Redwood Highway in Cave Junction at 7pm Thursday August 1. Information will be shared along with maps and presentations by fire managers.
For more information please contact the Fire Information Line at (541) 597-1160.
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