Yesterday afternoon, a fire broke out on McConville Pk., 6 miles north/northwest of Gold Hill, and was originally estimated to be 4 acres and growing. Three helicopters, a retardant bomber, several engines and a bulldozer were dispatched. Within an hour, the fire was knocked down by water drops from the helicopters and one load of retardant. Two of the helicopters, the retardant bomber, the bulldozer, and all but three of the engines were released. The fire was contained at less than 2 acres and was determined to be human-caused. Evidence was collected at the scene and the investigation into who caused the fire is underway.
The Old Blue Mountain Fire was 85 percent contained at the end of day on Thursday. Today, there are 4 crews, 5 engines and 4 water tenders working on mop up. Tonight, 1 crew, 2 engines and 2 water tenders will be assigned to patrol and mop up hot spots. Two 2-man teams will also be assigned to night shift to use hand-held infrared heat sensors to find buried coals.
The Rogue River Drive Fire was declared 100 percent contained Wednesday. Firefighters and engines continue to patrol the fire and mop up remaining hot spots.