Big Windy Grows; Labrador Causes Advisory Evacs & more Fire Information
The many fires in Southern Oregon are generating enough smoke that the air quality has gone to very unhealthy in Grants Pass, Cave Junction and Glendale. Medford’s air is rated as unhealthy.
All fires remain active and although the percent of lines around the fires is low, crews are making progress.
The Labrador fire, 13 miles northwest of Cave Junction is estimated at 1,050 acres and is being fought by 414 personnel assisted by helicopters and air tankers when the visibility permits. Brushy Bar and Oak Flat residences are under a level 2 advisory evacuation. 47 structures are threatened in that area. The Illinois River Road is closed to public access.
The management team is employing an indirect strategy, trying to pin the fire to the Illinois River and prevent it from jumping to far side.
The Big Windy fire, 25 miles west of Grants Pass has grown to 2,117 acres and is manned by 70 firefighters. Personnel are also formulating an indirect strategy and assigning structure protections.
The Douglas Complex of fires remains at 21,400 acres at this time with an army of 1,260 fire fighters struggling to contain it. The Rabbit Mountain portion of the complex has experienced significant growth today but progress has been made on a couple of other smaller fires in the complex. So far 90 structures have been evacuation and pre-evacuation advisories have been issued to another 40 plus structures.
The Brimstone Fire, 5 miles southwest of Glendale is now 2,000 acres and has 773 fire personnel assigned to it. It is burning in steep terrain and air support has been hampered by heavy smoke coming from the Douglas Complex.