Brimstone Fire at 40 percent containment
In a rundown of local fire statistics:
The Brimstone Fire located 10 miles northwest of Merlin is now at 40 percent containment. The fire has burned a total of 2,298 acres and 706 firefighters, 31 engines and seven helicopters are battling the blaze. Crews are hoping to make use of cooler temperatures and light winds today and they have laid hose throughout trails in order to cool hot spots.
The Big Windy Fire located 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass has burned a total of 5,132 acres and is listed as zero percent contained. 768 firefighters, nine engines and four helicopters are attacking Big Windy. The Oregon National Guard has mobilized additional aircraft and personnel to fight the fire. Firefighters have completed protection of the Black Bar Lodge and the Zane Grey Cabin. Firefighters have constructed dozer line on the west flank and hand line on the east flank. Controlled burns are being utilized along Bear Camp Road to stop the fires progress. The Wild and Scenic Section is open to rafters but all trails in the area are closed. The Grave Creek boat launch is also closed and rafters are asked to exit the river at an earlier boat ramp.
The Labrador Fire 13 miles northwest of Cave Junction has not grown in acreage and remains at 2,020 acres. However level one non-mandatory evacuations have been issued for the areas of Kerby Flat and McCaleb Ranch. Level two non-mandatory evacuations remain in place for Oak Flat and Brushy Bar. 510 firefighters, eight engines and five helicopters are stationed at Labrador. Crews are continuing to construct hand line on the north and east sides of the fire and burning out fuel along the Illinois River.
The Douglas Complex of Fires is now listed at 32,535 acres and is considered 15 percent contained. The fire is located seven miles northwest of Glendale and is staffed by 2,337 firefighters, 81 engines and 12 helicopters. Crews today are building line on the east flank of the Rabbit Mountain Fire along Grave Creek and burning out vegetation on the east side of the Dad’s Creek Fire.