Merlin OR – Suppression efforts are still underway in the northwest corner of the Brimstone Fire. Fire crews are working to hold established hand and dozer lines, and complete mop-up. The fire is currently 60 percent contained and holding 2,298 acres.
The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team will begin a rapid drawdown of resources today. Crews and a majority of the equipment will be reassigned to other fires in the vicinity. Fire control efforts will then be turned over to a Type 3 fire management organization to complete mop-up work.
Firefighter support will continue at the Incident Command Post established in Merlin with a soon-to-be significantly reduced fire camp.
This fire is being managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Cooperators include the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Land Management, Josephine County Emergency Services, Josephine County Forestry, Josephine County Sheriff’s Department, Josephine County Search and Rescue, Rural Metro Fire Department, City of Grants Pass, and the National Weather Service.