Labrador Fire Update August 18, 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. The Wildland Fire Module crew established a base camp at Miami Bar and begain monitoring the fire. One engine and a hand crew worked in the Oak Flat area of Josephine County.
One of the primary activities associated with a wildland fire is revegetation of areas disturbed by the fire or associated work activities to minimize future erosion and facilitate forest vegetation recovery. Resource crews have been surveying and implementing mitigation measures since the inception of the fire. Those activities continued yesterday.
The weather forecast today calls for temperatures in the mid 90s and decreasing humidity. Fuels are tinder dry and fire danger remains high.
Today helicopters will again monitor the Labrador Fire area and are prepared to apply water drops should they be needed. An engine and a hand crew will again be working at Oak Flat and the Wildland Fire Module crew will monitor the 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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