Smoke Emanating from Labrador Fire
Smoke in the Grants Pass-Cave Junction area is emanating from the Labrador Fire, that has grown to approximately 300 acres in size and remains active on all perimeters. The fire is located west of the Illinois River downstream of Oak Flat and is either burning close to, or may have moved into, the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Air quality in Grants Pass is measured at good, while the monitors in Cave Junction are at an unhealthy for sensitive groups because of the smoke.
Aerial resources currently assigned to the Labrador Fire include air attack, however, due to poor visibility, air tankers cannot be utilized at this time. Five large federal air tankers and three Oregon Department of Forestry air tankers will be utilized as needed when visibility allows on the numerous fires in the area, as well as for initial attack on new starts. An aircraft coordinator has been ordered to manage the numerous air resources that have been called in to assist with the fires.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team received a briefing for the Labrador Fire at noon today. The Incident Command Post for the fire team is located at Lake Selmac in Selma.
Resources assigned to the Labrador Fire include 8 smokejumpers, 1 hotshot crew, 1 Type 2 initial attack crew, and 6 engines. Additional firefighting resources ordered include 2 hotshot crews and 5 Type 2 initial attack crews, two medium helicopters and 1 light helicopter. These additional resources are expected to be on scene today.