Southern Oregon Wildfire Update- August 7th (11:00 a.m.)

By Jim McCoy Wed 7th August NewsJosephine Countylightningwildfires
Forestry officials are reporting that steep terrain, limited access and dry fuels continue to make control efforts difficult on the four uncontained fires in the Southwest Oregon area. Poor visibility is hampering the use of aircraft in making progress. This morning's report indicates ground crews are making progress in creating fire lines to get the blazes contained. Scattered thunderstorms will continue this afternoon and evening and into Thursday. A red flag warning remains in effect through 11 p.m. Moisture may increase late today as storms become wetter. This weather system is expected to remain over the area into Saturday. Although wetter weather is in the forecast public use restrictions are in effect for private and public lands in the area and people should to be aware of current closures and restrictions. The Medford Rogues baseball team will be holding a benefit game for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation on Thursday August, 8th at Harry and David Field in Medford. Proceeds of the game benefit Wildland Firefighter Foundation in supporting the wildand firefighting community and their families. Please see the attached flyer for details. All told, the fires have scorched 65,000 acres. 5,644 firefighters sre committed to the fires. A fifth fire, the Brimstone fire, was fully contained Tuesday, and is now in the mop up phase.

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