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Friday, September 7, 2018

ODF Fire Update for Sept. 7, 2018

Hugo Road Fire - Jackson County
Containment continues to increase and now stands at 86% on this fire, which started last week. The cause is now reported as a tree falling on power lines. Crews have finished mopping up 300 feet from the fire's edge. The final size is 199 acres.

Several firefighters from this fire responded to a new fire start six miles northeast of Selma, catching it at roughly two acres. 

Location: 
10 miles northwest of Grants Pass
Cause: 
Tree falling on power lines
Acres burned: 199
Personnel: 140
Containment: 86%
More information:
Terwilliger Fire - Willamette National Forest
Fire behavior was generally less active yesterday as smoke covered the area throughout the day. Crews mopped up, chipped and patrolled areas on the west and north perimeter, while the northeast side is slowly backing down a north-facing slope. Crews located and extinguished spot fires to the south. Helicopters are assisting with bucket drops as smoke permits.
 
Location: 5 miles southeast of Blue River
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 9,639
Personnel: 674
Containment: 35%
More information:

Klondike Fire West
Hot, dry weather continued over the fire Thursday, but favorable winds allowed tactical firing operations to occur on the west and north parts of the fire. On the west side, firing operations were successful between Game Lake Peak and Saddle Mountain, tying the fire line in with areas burned by the Chetco Bar and Collier Butte Fires and removing fuel from the path of the advancing fire. 

Evacuation Information: Firing operations are not expected to change the evacuation level for Agness. The evacuation level in the Agness Zone is 2 - Be Set.

Location: 9 miles northwest of Selma
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 117,458 acres
Personnel: 1,126
Containment: 51%
More information:

Watson Creek Fire - Lake County
Fire crews continue to mop up and perform suppression repair along the fire boundary and within the interior. The Level 1 (Be Ready) evacuation status for Lakeview Estates was lifted yesterday. Road and area closures remain in effect through September 17.

Location: 
6 miles west of Paisley
Ignition Date: August 15, 2018
Cause: 
Under investigation
Acres burned: 
58,900 acres
Personnel: 
209
Containment: 
95%
More information: 

Miles and Columbus fires 
(formerly the South Umpqua Complex/Sugar Pine Fires; also includes Snow Shoe and Round Top)
As expected, the Miles and Columbus fires have merged. They remain within control lines.

Suppression repair continues on the southern fire perimeter, with mop-up and patrol continuing on the northern, western and eastern ends. Firefighters are monitoring for spot fires.

Location: Approximately 7 miles northeast of Trail
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: Combined total of 53,166 acres
Personnel: 271
Containment: 65%
More information:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/

Taylor Creek and Klondike East
No additional fire growth is expected on the Taylor Creek or the East Zone of the Klondike Fire as there are well tested fire lines or recent burn scars surrounding the perimeter. Residents of the Illinois River Valley may see small smoke columns rising from the fire area depending on the weather, but they will be unburned islands torching out within the containment lines. This will be the final report unless significant activity occurs.
Location: 10 miles west of Grants Pass
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 52,839 acres
Personnel: 79
Containment: 95%
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