Brimstone Fire edges up to 60 percent containment
In a look at recent fire reports:
Firefighters continue to fare well against the Brimstone Fire that is burning 10 miles northwest of Merlin and they now have the blaze 60 percent contained. The fire has burned 2,298 acres in total and firefighters have the fire 100 percent lined and are continuing to bring hose into the fire to continue mop-up. 660 firefighters are on scene with 31 engines and 7 helicopters.
The Big Windy Complex of Fires, located 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass, has grown to 6,151 acres. All closures caused by the Big Windy continue to remain in effect. Firefighters are using an indirect tactic and letting the fire gain ground in order to direct its progress. 1,074 firefighters, 12 engines and three helicopters are stationed at Big Windy.
The Labrador Fire located 13 miles northwest of Cave Junction has not grown in several days and remains at 2,020 acres. Smoke has cleared a bit on the west side of the fire and crews are using aerial strikes to combat the flames. 460 firefighters are on scene with eight engines and five helicopters.
The Douglas Complex of Fires, located seven miles northwest of Glendale, has burned a total of 34,549 acres. Governor John Kitzhaber has approved the Conflagration Act for the fires and structural resources are being used along the border of Josephine County. The Oregon National Guard continues their assistance by pummeling the blaze with air tankers and providing support on the ground. 2,397 firefighters, 99 engines and 12 helicopters are stationed at the Douglas Complex of Fires.