Labrador Fire Update August 12,2013
Incident: Labrador Fire Wildfire
SOUTHWEST OR - The Labrador Fire continues to burn in an area south and west of the Illinois River in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon.
Suppression action has been taken on the more than a dozen lightning fires resulting from the storms of last Friday and Saturday evenings. Most were extinguished by initial attack actions. Five are on “patrol” status, which means they are believed to be out, but will continue to be monitored for rekindling behavior. Three of the five are just over the border into California, one is east and the other south of the Labrador Fire. Two, Grizzly and Border, require continued suppression action. Grizzly is about 15 miles SE of Cave Junction and approximately 4 acres in size on steep slopes with numerous snags. Border is about 15 miles SW of Cave Junction and approximately 1 ½ acre in size. Crews are being spiked out on these fires. Helicopters remain a critical resource in these suppression activities.
Evacuation Levels have been reduced to Level 1 for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County. Level 1 means that people should be prepared to evacuate. The former Level 1 evacuation order for the area between Kerby Flat to McCaleb Ranch has been lifted.
Warming and drying is expected today, which will result in increased fire spread and intensity potential. Today’s actions will focus on continued surveillance of the Labrador Fire for any new activity as well as structure protection at Oak Flat in Josephine County.
For more information please contact Public Information Officer Tim Johnson at (541) 864-9282.
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