Wildfire Update

Worthington Fire Fact Sheet 8/6/2020

Worthington Fire Fact Sheet 8/6/2020

Worthington Fire Information 541-690-8703 

The Worthington Fire (see map) has been determined to be a natural fire caused by a lightning strike. 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 fire is 80% contained today and fire crews are working on mop-up to improve and strengthen the fire line, expanding and clearing the fire perimeter to 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. It will be cooler today, with a high temperature of 75 degrees across the fire area 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 public plays a valuable role in preventing wildfires. On average, human-caused wildfires make up 87 percent of all wildfire occurrences annually in the United States. Research shows that vehicle operation, equipment use and outdoor burning (including campfires) are the top three ways humans cause wildfires on the landscape. The public can help us by making good decisions about when and where they recreate on public lands and by following public fire restrictions.

Size: 761 acres

Containment: 80 percent

Personnel: 345

Crews: 13

Dozers: 3

Water tenders: 8

Helicopters: 2

Engines: 10