Wildfire Update

Worthington Fire Fact Sheet 8/5/2020

Worthington Fire Information 541-690-8703 

The Worthington Fire (see map) started at approximately 3 PM on July 30. The fire is located about 5 miles northeast of Eagle Point in forest and brush on public lands administered by the BLM and private property. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire behavior is mostly smoldering and creeping. The fire is 75% contained today and fire crews are working on mop-up to improve and strengthen the fire line, expanding and clearing the fire perimeter to 100’-150’ deep. Safety of the public and wildland firefighters is the number one priority, so crews continue to remove hazardous fire-weakened trees in transportation corridors. Fire crews were able to recover a significant amount of excess hose from the southwestern fire perimeter yesterday where it was no longer needed for fire suppression. High temperature across the fire area is forecast for 89 today, with low humidity and light winds in the afternoon.

The Incident Command Post is located the Eagle Point Middle School. The team is requesting the public avoid the incident command post to protect firefighter and community health. The response to this fire is a coordinated effort of county, state, and federal partners, with most of the fire fighters being locals from the Rogue Valley. As the activity on this fire continues to decline, resources from the Worthington Fire are available to support other fires in the area.

All evacuations on the fire have been downgraded to a level 1 “BE READY” status. The Oregon Department of Forestry increased the official fire danger level to Extreme (red) on all state, private and county forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties on July 31. The BLM and ODF ask the public to assist wildland firefighters by preventing human-caused wildfires, as human-caused wildfires often comprise more than 80 percent of all wildfire ignitions throughout the country.

Size: 761 acres

Containment: 75 percent

Personnel: 349

Crews: 14

Dozers: 5

Water tenders: 9

Helicopters: 2

Engines: 10