Firefighting resources have responded to a number of new lightning-caused fires across the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest today, and additional resources have been ordered to assist with continued response to new starts.
On the Gold Beach Ranger District, the “Tom Fry” Fire (#355), two initial attack crews initially responded to this fire. The fire has grown to 4 acres in size and short range spotting is occurring. A heavy helicopter and air tanker are currently assisting with firefighting efforts on the ground. A Forest Service engine, rappellers and Coos Forest Protective Association resources responded to Fire #346, located near Hog Mountain. The fire is 1.5 acres in size and firefighters have completed a line around it.
On the Wild Rivers Ranger District (Grants Pass/Cave Junction), Fire #358, in the Limpy Creek area, a fire 1/10 acre in size has been completely lined. This fire was staffed by a crew, one engine and additional resources from Oregon Department of Forestry.
The Red Dog Fire is expected to be 100% contained by end of shift this evening. The Winema Hotshots have been reassigned to the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in the Ashland/Applegate areas to support potential new starts.
Additional resources have been ordered to assist local firefighting resources with lightning-caused fire starts and have arrived on scene, or are en route:
Prospect/Butte Falls: One 20-person veterans’ crew and a strike team of engines
Gold Beach: Prineville Interagency Hotshots
Grants Pass/Cave Junction: Wolf Creek Interagency Hotshots and one additional engine