Brimstone Fire reaches 80 percent containment
In a look at recent fire reports:
The Brimstone Fire located 10 miles northwest of Merlin is now 80 percent contained. The fire has burned a total of 2,372 acres and is manned by 531 firefighters, 18 engines and two helicopters. Night shift crews have been released but engines will continue night patrol. Crews are continuing mop up, especially along the northwestern corner of the fire, and are dousing fires within 300 feet of the fire line. Authorities believe if the Dad’s Creek Fire, part of the Douglas Complex, overcomes Grave Creek it will overtake the Brimstone Fire.
The Big Windy Fire located 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass has burned a total of 7,499 acres. 932 firefighters, 31 engines and six helicopters are stationed at the blaze which is considered 0 percent contained. The fire is still south of the Rogue River and firefighters are constructing indirect line along Peavine Road and the western ridge. Burnout operations began last night along Bear Camp Road.
The Labrador Fire located 13 miles northwest of Cave Junction remains at 2,020 acres burned and is 0 percent contained. 372 firefighters, eight engines and five helicopters continue to battle the Labrador Fire. Authorities report air strikes on the west side of the fire have been effective and crews continue to create line to hold the fire at the Illinois River.
The Douglas Complex of Fires burning seven miles northwest of Glendale has burned a total of 35,633 acres and is 16 percent contained. 2,652 firefighters, 89 engines and 17 helicopters are fighting the Douglas Fires. Higher temperatures and lower humidity has made the fire more active and upslope fire spread is occurring in several drainages.