Around 1:30 PM, Illinois Valley Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), and US Forest Service responded to a reported grass fire located in the 100 block Krauss Lane. Upon arrival, units reported the fire to be 2-4 acres with immediate structural threat. Command requested a second alarm that requested Rural Metro Fire resources as well as other agencies. Both Rogue Valley Task Force 1 and 2 were activated and requested to the scene as the fire continued its forward rate of spread. ODF requested helicopters and tankers to the fire to stop the forward rate spread of the fire. At times we have had 6 helicopters actively working the fire as well as 3 air tankers. There are numerous resources on scene. We have an information table setup at Shop Smart located at 205 West Watkins that has maps of the currents areas of evacuation and current updated information. The fire acreage is currently at 40 acres.
At this time, all evacuations have been lifted and the Red Cross shelter is closing. For continued updates, please call 541-592-2225.