Wildfire Update

Crews make significant progress overnight on Worthington Fire

Medford, Ore. – Crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Jackson County Fire District #3 (structural protection) and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department are continuing aggressive initial attack on the Worthington Fire. The fire is currently at 600 acres.

The initial and extended attack teams have been extraordinary in the aggressive efforts to contain this fire. Thanks to cooler weather and higher humidity last night, crews were able to make substantial process creating fire line, and as of 06:00, have dozer lines around 90% of the fire.

The plan for the day is to continue a robust ground and aviation campaign. Weather forecast is mid to upper 90’s, relative humidity 18 with a Haines index of 5. We are expecting some winds later this afternoon with the passage of a dry cold front.

Resources on the fire include 250 personnel, six dozers, eight 20-person hand crews, three water tenders, seven helicopters and one air tanker. Additional air and ground resources will be called in if needed.

Media contact: Brian Ballou (541) 778-9910, Kyle Sullivan (541) 618-2340