15 percent containment reached on Big Windy
Firefighters have now reached 15 percent containment on the Big Windy Fire located 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass. The fire has burned 15,278 acres and is being manned by 1,417 firefighters, 47 engines and four helicopters. Firefighters are continuing to build contingency lines on the north end of the fire. The Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River that was closed from Grave Creek to Mule Creek has reopened today but may be closed again if the fire encroaches in the area. Rafters should call the Smullin Visitor Center at 541-479-3735 or go online to check current river restrictions. Go to http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/rogue/index.php for current river restrictions.
The Douglas Complex of Fires is at 48 percent containment and has burned 45,411 acres seven miles northwest of Glendale. 2,898 firefighters, 114 engines and 27 helicopters are on scene. Dense fuels and snags in the Reuben Creek Drainage have been problematic for firefighters. All evacuations remain the same but they will be reevaluated after an infra-red light confirms nearby heat sources.
The Labrador Fire remains contained at 2,020 acres 13 miles northwest of Cave Junction. 75 firefighters, one engine and three helicopters continue to keep the fire in check.