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For information on each of the major wildfires currently burning in Josephine and Douglas counties,
a Joint Information Center has been opened in Grants Pass.

Info line:  541. 471. 6620.
Email:  swofireinfo@gmail.com.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 * 541-471-6620 * swofireinfo@gmail.com

The following is consolidated information on each of the major fires burning in Douglas and Josephine Counties:

Total # Fires

Total Acres

Total Personnel

5

35,140

3,585

Labrador

Location:  13 miles NW of Cave Junction

Acres

Total Personnel

% Contained

1,750

425

0

Evacuations/Closures:  Road closures and Level 2 (advisory) evacuation for Oak Flats.

Public Meetings:  Thursday, August 1 – 7 pm – Cave Junction County Building

Significant Events:  The fire has spread into the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Fire behavior was somewhat mitigated yesterday due to the stagnant air and the smoke shading the fire area. With warmer temperature and changing weather we expect more active fire behavior over the next several days. The structure protection at Oak Flat in Josephine County is nearly complete and fire fighters remain camped in the area in case they are needed.

Contact:  541-597-1160, labradorfire13@gmail.com

Big Windy

Location:  25 miles NW of Grants Pass

Acres

Total Personnel

% Contained

2,914

186

0

Evacuations/Closures:  Bear Camp Road is closed as well as numerous trails. The BLM portion of the Wild Section of the Rogue River is closed from Graves Creek to Mule Creek effective July 31 at 12:01 a.m. The Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to the Rogue River Ranch is temporarily closed.

Significant Events: The Big Windy Complex consists of three fires, the largest of which is the Big Windy Fire on the south end; the Calvert Peak Fire is on the west and the Jenny Fire is on the north. Buildings and residences at risk include The Black Bar Lodge, campgrounds on the Rogue River, the Zane Grey historic cabin, and the Rogue River Ranch. The current strategy is to protect structures along the Rogue River and to use indirect fire line to contain the fire between the Rogue River, the Peavine Road system, the Bear Camp Road and a ridge located west of the Calvert Peak Fire. 

Contact:  541-261-0424 or 541-690-6681

Douglas Complex

Location:  7 miles north of Glendale, OR

Acres

Total Personnel

% Contained

25,396

1,387

5

Evacuations/Closures: 

·         Evacuation of 54 structures NW of Glendale along Lower Cow Creek Road, McCullough Creek, and Rattlesnake Creek.

·         Seventeen residences on Poorman Creek have been evacuated.

·         Thirty residences were evacuated on Graves Creek Road, and a pre-evacuation notice was issued for 40+ residences.

·         Closures are in effect on Lower Cow Creek Road, Union Creek Road, and West Fork Road.

Significant Events: The complex is made up of the Rabbit Mountain Fire, Dad’s Creek Fire and Farmer’s Fire. Oregon National Guard air and ground resources are being sent to the incident. The Rabbit Mountain and Dad’s Creek fires had significant growth with extreme fire behavior, but good progress is being made on the Farmer’s Fire. Crews will work today to construct direct and indirect fire lines.

Contact:  541-786-2630

Whiskey Complex

Location:  6 miles east of Tiller, OR

Acres

Total Personnel

% Contained

3,080

814

10

Evacuations/Closures:  An immediate (Level 3) evacuation was put in place for the Ash Valley area and recreational sites around South Umpqua Falls.

Significant Events: Four fires make up the Whiskey Fire: Smith Ridge, Buckeye, Whiskey and Big Brother. Progress was made yesterday establishing containment lines around portions of the fires in the complex. Work will continue today on further establishing containment lines.

Contact:  541-839-3099, whiskeycomplex@gmail.com

Brimstone

Location:  10 miles NW of Merlin, OR

Acres

Total Personnel

% Contained

2,000

773

10

Evacuations/Closures:  Road closures on Hog Creek, Quartz Creek and Angora Creek.

Significant Events: There has been moderate fire behavior and the fire is difficult to see due to the heavy smoke in the area. Crews were attempting a strategic burn to improve fire lines overnight.

Contact:  541-479-3842

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PRESS BRIEFING at the JIC

What:  The SW Oregon Joint Information Center will host a press briefing to update the media on the fires burning in Josephine and Douglas County. Representatives from each of the five fires will provide information on their respective incident and answer questions.

When:  Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Where:  Grants Pass Interagency Office
2164 NE Spalding Ave.
Grants Pass, Oregon

Contact:  For further information on the briefing, please call 541-471-6620.

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