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Fire near Selma jumps line; reinforcements headed in

Aided by high temperatures, wind and low humidity, the Oak Flat fire jumped a fire line Wednesday, burning an additional 500 acres.

Another 240 firefighters and two more helicopters have been ordered to join the roughly 760 firefighters and three helicopters already battling the Selma-area blaze.

The fire in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest some 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass has now charred about 5,360 acres, said Tim Johnson, spokesman for the national team managing the effort to stop the fire.

"We anticipate our containment line on the west side should be in good condition today," Johnson said this morning. "The line on the east side should be in good shape by the end of the shift on Friday."

The most severe fire weather of the year, including winds blowing to the north, and some of the most rugged terrain imaginable allowed the fire to escape the north containment line on Wednesday, he said.

The fire is considered about 70 percent contained now, he said. The fire started Aug. 3 and is believed to be human caused.

— Paul Fattig