Sat. Aug 24th, 2019

East Evans Fire AM Update 8/7/19

This will be the final update for the East Evans Fire unless conditions significantly change.

Infrared flights over the East Evans Fire confirm mop-up operations are effective and progressing quickly; Firefighters have upped containment overnight to 51%. The fire, located on the 18000-block of East Evans Creek road, remains 155 acres.

Resources are increasing on the line for dayshift on Wednesday, with nearly 200 personnel dedicated to the fire; six tree fallers, 10 crews, six engines, five water tenders, and one bulldozer will be on hand today. Crews will continue mop-up efforts while keeping safety in mind. Steep terrain and dangerous snags remain hazards to firefighters. Medics are available at staging.

Nearly 30 residences in the area remain under a LEVEL 1 (BE READY) evacuation notice, ordered by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO). The Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and Oregon State Police are investigating the cause of this fire.

ODF Southwest Oregon District is greatly appreciative of our partnership with the Medford District BLM on this fire, as well as the efforts made by our partner agencies, including the Rogue Valley Fire Chief’s Association, OSFM, Oregon State Police, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Fire District Five, Mercy Flights, Jackson County Roads, and Jackson County Emergency Management.

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