Forestry officials are reporting steady progress today on the wildfires burning around the region. Thanks to some clearing, helicopters were able to make water drops on hot spots in the 2,020 acre Labrador Fire. As they are with other fires, managers are keeping a watchful eye for lightning strikes, as thunderstorms remain in the forecast. A red flag is being issued. There is still no report of any containment due to the nature of the landscape and rugged terrain.
The 14,085 acre Big Windy Fire is at 10percent containment. A focus is being put there on the north flank of the fire to stop its spread. Some air drops were made yesterday.
The 44,000 acre Douglas Complex fire is at 32 percent containment. The southwest corner of the Rabbit Fire continues to burn near Riffle Creek. Containment lines in the Rattlesnake Creek, Dry Creek and Poorman Creek areas are being reinforced to protect homes. Crew have been working on the west side of the fire and are nearing completion.
The 10,656 acre Whiskey Fire is now at 40 percent containment as of Friday morning. Weather conditions Thursday aided firefighting efforts.
The following closures are in place. Note that this is from all fire reports coming in and may not necessarily be complete, or may change with fire and weather conditions:
• Bear Camp Road
• Burnt Ridge Road from the junction with Forest Road 2300 to the junction with Forest Road 3300.
• Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.
• The BLM portions of the Wild Section of the Rogue River from Grave Creek to Mule Creek.
• Forest Roads 4103, 4105 and 4103152.
• The entire Illinois River Trail.
• Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area, and Glendale into the fire area.