Crews Kept Busy By Western Fires With No End In Sight
A new team will take over management of the Jack Fire east of Glide in Douglas County, this week. It has burned 17,994 acres and was 50 % contained as of Monday afternoon.
Bernie Pineda is a public information officer for the Jack Fire.
He said when the new team takes over, the current crews will get a couple days off and then it’s back to work on another fire.
“We have nine teams and currently we have all nine of them out,” Pineda said. “There is no teams available. So it’s going to be a busy, long season.”
Highway 138 has reopened in the fire area with a slower speed limit of 45 miles per hour. Closures remain in effect in the Umpqua National Forest.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is announcing additional reductions to the evacuation levels previously put into place as a result of the Jack Fire burning east of Glide.
Effective, Monday, July 19, 2021, at 5:00 pm, the following changes will be made to the Jack Fire evacuation levels:
The Dry Creek Community and surrounding areas have been reduced from a Level 2 “Be Set” to a Level 1 “Be Ready”
The Steamboat Inn and the residential area on Brindle Bug Road and Steelhead Caddis are no longer under an official notice.
The only evacuation levels currently in place related to the Jack Fire are Level 1 “Be Ready”.
A current and interactive evacuation map may be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations
The Grandview Fire northeast of sisters is at 6,032 acres and is 57% contained as of Monday.
The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland have issued a temporary area closure around the Grandview Fire.
The largest fire in the United States, the Bootleg Fire in Klamath County is at 343,755 acres and 25% contained.
It continues to burn actively on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, approximately 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River. Acreage reflects both Log and Bootleg Fires.
Smoke from the fire is highly visible from Oregon State Highway 140, Sprague River Highway, Chiloquin and the surrounding area. Drivers should expect increased traffic in the area from fire equipment and are asked to use caution driving in the area. There is an emergency closure in place to public access/entry due to hazards and hazardous conditions created as a result of the Bootleg Fire - details are on the closures page. Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in place.
The Bruler Fire east of Sweet Home is at 156 acres and is 10% contained.
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