Firefighters have one wildfire contained

Firefighters have lassoed the roughly 2,400-acre Brimstone fire, making it the first of the five southwest Oregon wildfires sparked by lightning on July 26 to be ringed in by fire lines.

Putting the Brimstone fire half a dozen miles northwest of Sunny Valley in the mop-up stage is an important step, fire officials said.

"It is now 100 percent contained," observed Don Ferguson, a spokesman for one of the fire centers. "That has allowed most of the firefighters on it to be dispersed to other fires."

All told, the five wildfires have now burned a little more than 57,000 acres as of this morning. There are 5,571 firefighters deployed to the fires.

The largest fire remains the Douglas Complex at 38,400 acres, having grown 2,773 acres overnight, Ferguson said.

The Big Windy fire in the lower Rogue River drainage some 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass is currently at about 10,850 acres. The Whiskey fire is 7,400 acres while the Labrador fire west of Selma on the edge of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness remains at 2,020 acres.

Like most fires, they are largely burning in a mosaic fashion and generally not blackening the entire area within the fire ring, Ferguson observed.

"The terrain is so rough and rocky and the fuel is so broken up, the fires run out of fuel here and there," he said. "When you fly over a fire, it looks more like a case of mange than a good haircut."

— Paul Fattig

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