Labrador Fire Update August 5, 2013
Incident: Labrador Fire Wildfire
Start date: 7/26/13 06:00
Estimated Size: 2,020 acres
% Contained: 0 Percent
# of Firefighters: 372
Injuries to date: 1
Estimated Containment: N/A
Closures: Forest Roads 4103, 4105 and 4103152. The entire Illinois River Trail.
# of 20-person hand crews: 7
# of helicopters: 5
SOUTHWEST OR - The Labrador Fire is burning in an area south and west of the Illinois River in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon.
The Labrador Fire was held in check again yesterday despite the warmer and drier conditions. The smoke cleared from above the fire for a few hours in the afternoon allowing helicopters to drop water on hot spots and flare ups. Firefighters are nearly finished with the indirect contingency lines.
The northern and eastern flanks have been checked at the Illinois River. The southern flank of the fire has burned itself into rocky outcrops with little vegetation and is only creeping and smoldering. The western edge of the fire has backed into Nome Creek and, with the aid of helicopter water drops, has not progressed significantly. Structure protection continues at the Oak Flat community in Josephine County.
Today we expect little change in the weather from yesterday, except a lower relative humidity, lower fuel moistures, and light winds. Three remote weather stations have been installed around the fire to more closely monitor changing weather and fuel conditions.
The community of Oak Flat in Josephine County is still under a Level 2 evacuation. A Level 2 evacuation means you must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. There is a Level 1 evacuation for the area between Kerby Flat to McCaleb Ranch. Level 1 evacuation means you should prepare to leave the area.
For more information please contact the Fire Information Line at (541) 597-1160.