Labrador Fire Update Thursday August 1, 2013
Incident: Labrador Fire Wildfire
Thursday Aug 1, 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:1,970 acres
% Contained: N/A
# of Firefighters: 573
Injuries to date: None
Closures: Forest Roads 4103, 4105 and 4103152. The entire Illinois River Trail.
# of 20-person hand crews: 16
# of helicopters: 4
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.
A public meeting will be held tonight at the Josephine County building at 102 South Redwood Highway in Cave Junction at 7 pm. Information will be shared along with maps and presentations by fire managers.
The low pressure arrived yesterday afternoon and cleared the sky over the Labrador Fire. On the northern and eastern flanks near Oak Flat community in Josephine County the fire has backed down to the Illinois River. The fire is also burning further into the Nome Creek drainage on the western flank and south further into the Salmon Creek drainage. Temperatures today are expected to be slightly cooler than normal with gusty winds up to 20 mph on the ridges. When the inversion lifts early this afternoon we expect less smoke cover and pockets of very active fire behavior. Firefighters will be working to keep the fire from spotting across the river near the Oak Flat community. Mechanical brush clearing equipment will be used along the contingency lines east of the Illinois River.
Five engines continue to be stationed at Oak Flat to provide structure protection. No injuries have occurred on the fire. The community of Oak Flat is still under a Level 2 or “advisory evacuation.” There is a Level 1 or “alert advisory evacuation” for the area between Kerby Flat to McCaleb Ranch. These are no mandatory evacuations levels at this time.
High pressure weather system is expected over the area beginning Friday for a return to warmer and drier conditions with conducive to move active fire behavior.
To prevent the spread of Port Orford Cedar root disease firefighters are mixing bleach with the water used in water trucks and engines. This mixture kills the Port Orford Cedar spores. Also, water for helicopter bucket drops is coming from dip sites in uninfected watersheds.
For more information please contact the Fire Information Line at (541) 597-1160.