Most of Oregon Gulch Fire in Mop-Up Stage
Yesterday’s warm, dry and unstable weather served as a test to the fire containment lines around the Oregon Gulch fire, which held up well. Most of the fire is currently in mop up. Today, firefighters will continue efforts to secure lines, finish the contingency lines and start repairing the fireline in some sections.
Low fire activity is expected today and will be isolated to unburned interior islands. A fire weather watch has been issued for Sunday through Monday for thunderstorms and lightning.
The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road will remain at a Level 1. Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only. Residents living along Highway 66 in Jackson County between the 11,000 and 22,000 blocks are still under a Level 1 Evacuation.
The Oregon Gulch fire has consumed 35,093 acres and is still being manned by 1,643 personnel supported by 58 engines, 19 dozers, 27 water tenders and 13 helicopters.