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Selma-area fire grows to 1,250 acres; line mostly complete

A fire in the Selma area has grown to 1,250 acres, but crews should have a line around most of it by tonight, managers say.

The Oak Flat fire is burning 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass, about two miles northeast of the junction of the Illinois River and Briggs Creek.

The blaze became more active Wednesday even as smoke shaded much of the fire area, according to a news release from the Oregon Department of Forestry, but crews made progress in containing it and expect to have a line around 95 percent of the fire by tonight. Thirty-five 20-person hand crews, 15 engines and six dozers were working at the site.

Smoke from the blaze will continue to be visible around the valley, fire managers say. They ask the public to use caution on Highway 199 north of Selma, where firefighting vehicles are using the road.

— Staff reports