Firefighters are focusing on creating hand-line around the Douglas Complex of Fires, which includes the Wolf Creek Fire in Josephine County, in order to stop the blaze from reaching homes and precious timberland.
Douglas Complex photo courtesy of Marvin Vetter, ODF
Oregon Department of Forestry P.I.O. Dave Wells at the Complex Management Center at Glendale High School says winds are likely to gust this afternoon up to 40 miles per hour and the wind has shifted so the majority of smoke is no longer blowing to the southeast and covering Grants Pass but is blowing to the northeast and now covering Glendale.
A meteorologist is on scene and is tracking the possible formation of any thunderheads in the area. If lightning strikes he will direct fire teams to those locations.
Firefighters are focusing efforts along the northern, northeastern and southern ends of the fire. Bulldozers are creating fire line along the northern and northeastern areas to protect precious old timber growth in the north and homes to the northeast. If winds clear smoke, the plan is to use air tanker drops to protect homes along the south end in the Grave Creek area.
Firefighters say they eat three hot meals a day, have plenty of supplies and would appreciate the support of the community more than anything including the placement of signage supporting their efforts.