Brian Ballou, 541-621-4156Melissa Cano, 541-613-6313
In the past 24 hours, air and ground support on the Gold Canyon Fire made significant progress toward containment. The 61-acre fire is now 60 percent contained.
Fire activity is expected to remain minimal today. Temperatures will be cooler today - in the high 70s and low 80s - but there is a potential for wind gusts throughout the afternoon.
Firefighters will mop up 200 feet inside the fire line today to further strengthen the containment of this fire. Ground crews will also be gridding green areas surrounding the line for potential hot spots.
Residents on Wildpark Lane and Reeves Creek Road will remain at a Level 1 (Ready) Evacuation Level throughout the day as a precaution. No structures have been lost.
The fire was reported Tuesday at 4:53 p.m. Cause is under investigation. The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District is asking the public’s help in identifying the person or people who may be responsible for starting the Gold Canyon Fire.
Please call the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit office at 541-471-3883 if you have information that will help identify people or vehicles in the area at that time. Information received will be confidential.
Fire management officials ask that the public continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. Current fire restrictions for lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District can be found at www.swofire.com.