ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Oregon Fire Map 2013 got updated today as the Labrador Fire 2013 and the Big Windy Fire 2013 spread. First, the Labrador Fire is still burning roughly thirty miles west of Grants Pass. In a news statement today, Public Information Officer Tim Johnson indicated that an “Evacuation Level 1 order remains in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County. Level 1 means that people should be prepared to evacuate.” Moreover, he added that “The Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons.
The fire is currently at two thousand acres. Seventy- one personnel are on scene for the fire location thirteen miles northwest of Cave Junction. Other evacuation orders were recently lifted. On Monday an “Evacuation Level 2 for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County was reduced to a Level 1 alert status. The former Level 1 order for the area between Kerby Flat to McCaleb Ranch was lifted, also effective 0800 Monday”, reps also added.
Reps do not expect major expansion for the fire. Weather forecasts anticipate “slightly cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity.” But some of the forest fuel remains very dry, reps indicate to news.
Second the Big Windy Complex still remains roughly twenty-five miles north test of Grants Pass. Incident Commander Ed Lewis reports that air quality is worsening. “Air quality levels in much of SW Oregon continued a slow degradation yesterday, although all reporting stations still maintained levels in the Good to Moderate range.” For continuing coverage click HERE. And for the latest fire maps click HERE and HERE.