Labrador Fire Update August 17, 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 Fire and surrounding area for increased fire activity. They also assisted with an initial attack response on a lightning fire in the Sky Lakes Wilderness on the High Cascades Ranger District. 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 temperatures in the upper 80’s as we go into a warming period. Relative humidity will be lower and winds will be stronger than yesterday.
Today helicopters will again monitor the Labrador Fire area and 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). The nine member King’s Peak Wildland Fire Module (WFM) from Utah will be stationed in the Miami Bar area to monitor fire activity on the Labrador Fire. A WFM is a self-contained fire monitoring/fighting unit capable of responding with appropriate suppression action should the fire become more active. The WFM will focus on protection of the Oak Flat community as well as monitoring for increased fire behavior throughout the Labrador Fire.
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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