Firefighters Reporting Progress in Southern Oregon

Firefighters are continuing to make steady progress on wildfires burning in southern Oregon. The Douglas and Whiskey Complex Fires are now 55 percent contained, while the big windy complex stands at 15 percent containment. The Labrador Fire remains completely uncontained, but has not grown in size. At the Douglas Complex, crews are drawing a containment line along the ridge top west of Reuben Creek in an area described as being troublesome. Officials say cooling temperatures are helping firefighting efforts. The fires in the Douglas Complex near Glendale have burned nearly 46,000 acres. The 11,000 plus acre Whiskey River Fire outside of Tiller is also benefiting from mild weather conditions. Crews there are drawing fire lines along the eastern flank at Forest Road 2925. The Wild Section of the Rogue River has been re-opened, although there are restrictions to boaters where crews are fighting the Big Windy Fire. Boaters are asked to avoid using the Grave Creek launch to prevent traffic congestion, and used the Argo and Alameda launches instead. Firefighters are focused on a burnout operation at a ridge near Howard Creek. The Big Windy Fire has burned nearly 16,000 acres. The Labrador Fire southwest of Grants Pass remains at 2,020 acres.

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