Labrador Fire Update August 16, 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 helicopters continued to monitor the Labrador and extinguished lightning fires in the surrounding area. Helicopters responded to two new smoke reports. Both proved to be drift smoke from the adjacent California and Oregon fires. A chipper worked more of the upper Illinois River road, eliminating fuel concentrations in order to strengthen the contingency lines for the Labrador Fire.
The weather forecast today calls for slightly cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity. Some cumulus development will begin this afternoon, however, any resultant thunderstorm activity is expected to be east of the Labrador Fire area. Forest fuels remain tinder dry.
Today helicopters will again monitor the Labrador Fire and recently suppressed lightning fires. They also are prepared to apply water drops should they be needed. A chipper will continue to work to reduce fuels along the upper Illinois River road (#4105). Two engines will be in the Oak Flat area in Josephine County.
An Evacuation Level 1 order is still 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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