Firefighters working on the East Evans Fire are continuing to make great progress on mop-up, increasing containment to 33% on Monday. The perimeter is holding, and the fire remains 155 acres.
As of 6 p.m. Monday evening, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has lowered the 11 LEVEL 3 (GO) evacuations to LEVEL 1 (BE READY) notices. Those residences will join an additional 18 LEVEL 1 notices that have been in effect since the fire started. A roadblock will remain in place on East Evans Creek road, however residents will be given access.
Resources on the fire Monday night include 10 crews, 10 engines, five water tenders, one bulldozer and three type one helicopters until nightfall. Firefighters will continue mopping up, with a goal of moving an additional 50 to 75 feet into the interior of the fire.
The East Evans Fire was initially reported as a structure fire at approximately 2 p.m. Friday, August 2. The Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and Oregon State Police are investigating the cause.
ODF Southwest Oregon District is greatly appreciative of our partnership with the BLM on this fire, as well as the efforts made by our partner agencies, including the Rogue Valley Fire Chief’s Association, Oregon State Police, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Fire District Five, Mercy Flights, Jackson County Roads, and Jackson County Emergency Management.
Updates on the East Evans Fire can be found on our Facebook Page: @ODFSouthwest.