ODF Attacking Josephine County Wildfires-UPDATED
More a dozen lightning-caused fires have been found on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit crews. The fires were caused by a dry lightning storm that crossed over Josephine County late last night and early this morning. The U.S. Forest Service and ODF efforts are integrated at this time and there are plenty of resources available.
The fires on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry are burning on Bureau of Land Management, Josephine County, and private forestlands.
Here is a rundown of the fires:
The Shan Creek Fire is lined and contained and being staffed by one ODF crew.
Two fires in the Hog Creek area are small and are either lined or knocked down.
A 4-acre fire in the Malone Peak area has firefighters working on it, and additional crews have been ordered.
A 4-acre fire in the McKnab Creek area has a crew and a bulldozer working their way into it, and an air tanker has dropped loads of retardant onto it.
A 5-acre fire near to Brimstone Rd has an air tanker dropping retardant onto it.
A crew is building fire line around the 3-acre Crooks Creek Fire.
Two engines and a helicopter are working on a 1 1/2-acre fire in the Pickett Creek area.
Two half-acre fires on Kelsey Peak have not yet been staffed.
Crews are walking into fires on Kelsey Peak, Bald Ridge and several other locations.
There are 6 air tankers available and 5 helicopters.