Crews Continue to Mop-Up Four Fires on Wild Rivers Ranger District

Release Date: Jul 21, 2013   Cave Junction, Oregon

Contact: Paul Galloway, (541) 471-6755

Firefighters are continuing to mop-up four fires on the Wild Rivers Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest today as investigators continue their work at determining the cause of the fires.

The four fires are located in an area approximately 15 miles west of Grants Pass, OR. Total acreage burned for the Shan Overlook, Onion Mountain, Shan Creek and Taylor Fires was less than six acres.

“There was some great work done yesterday to keep these fires small,” said Incident Commander Monty Edwards. “Burning conditions are several weeks ahead of the normal timeframe and the possibility of rapid fire spread is certainly in the picture for any start that occurs from now until the end of the fire season.”

Supporting that assessment, the National Interagency Fire Center posted a Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory yesterday for southwest Oregon due to abnormally low fuel moistures that will allow fires to spread more quickly and burn at a higher level of intensity than would normally be exhibited at this time of year.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest visitors are encouraged to check on current fire restrictions at www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou or at a local Ranger District office. Visitors to Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District protected lands, including the Bureau of Land Management can find current fire restrictions posted at www.swofire.com/p/fire-season-regulations.