Labrador Fire Update August 7, 2013
Incident: Labrador Fire Wildfire
Start date: 7/26/13 06:00
Estimated Size: 2,020 acres
% Contained: N/A
# of Firefighters: 249
Injuries to date: 2
Estimated Containment: N/A
Closures: Forest Roads 4103, 4105 and 4103152. The entire Illinois River Trail.
# of 20-person hand crews: 2
# 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.
The perimeter of the fire remained stalled with no expansion yesterday. The smoke from other fires lifted long enough to allow a few hours of helicopter water drops on hot spots in the Nome Creek area and south on Salmon and Baker Creek drainages.
The National Weather Service in Medford, Oregon has issued a Red Flag Warning for abundant lightening with dry fuels over southwest Oregon. Helicopters will be ready to apply water again today should afternoon smoke conditions permit. Crews will continue to further secure fire contingency lines by chipping and clearing of brush and woody debris. Structure protection continues at the Oak Flat community in Josephine County.
Management of the fire is being transitioned to the Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday August 8.
The community of Oak Flat in Josephine County is still under a Level 2 evacuation. A Level 2 evacuation means you must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. There is a Level 1 evacuation for the area between Kerby Flat to McCaleb Ranch. Level 1 evacuation means you should prepare to leave the area.
A public meeting will be held at the Josephine County building at 102 South Redwood Highway in Cave Junction at 7pm Thursday August 8. 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.