Labrador Fire Update August 13, 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.
Yesterday’s infrared flights detected more hot spots within the Labrador Fire perimeter. Helicopter bucket drops were used to cool the Labrador Fire. The lightning fires resulting from last week’s thunderstorms have been secured by yesterday’s suppression actions. Two of the fires, Grizzly and Border required additional work beyond initial attack. Grizzly is about 15 miles SE of Cave Junction and approximately 4 acres in size. Border is about 15 miles SW of Cave Junction and approximately 1 ½ acre in size. Both have now been contained.
The weather forecast calls for continued warming and drying, with temperatures in the mid 90s and relative humidity in the teens. Forest fuels have returned to pre-storm conditions.
Suppression actions today will focus on cooling hot spots in the Labrador Fire with helicopter bucket drops; continued monitoring of recently suppressed lightning fires; searching out any sleeper fires remaining from last weeks thunderstorms and continued structure protection at Oak Flat in Josephine County.
An Evacuation Level 1 order remains in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County. Level 1 means that people should be prepared to evacuate. The Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons.
For more information please contact Public Information Officer Tim Johnson at (541) 864-9282.
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