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Old Blue Mountain fire fully lined

Updated 5:47 p.m. Fire officials monitoring the Old Blue Mountain fire said they will remove the Level 1 evacuation advisory for homes on Humbug Creek Road at 6 p.m.

Residents living above 2542 Humbug Creek Road  and on the entire Left Fork of Humbug Creek Road were advised to be ready to leave their homes early Tuesday afternoon by Applegate Valley Fire District No. 9 and the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit.

Risk of the fire spreading has now lessened.

The roadblock near the 4 mile marker on the Right Fork of Foots Creek Road remains in place, fire officials said.

9:24 a.m. Crews have completed a fireline around the perimeter of the Old Blue Mountain fire, and officials say the next step is to venture 300 feet into the interior for mop up.

Even with the line complete, the 99-acre fire is still considered just 30 percent contained.The lightning-sparked fire, located eight miles south of Rogue River, roared to life Monday during an afternoon thunderstorm.

An attack force of nine wildland crews, four air tankers, eight helicopters, 12 engines, three bulldozers and three water tenders from the Oregon Department of Forestry remains on scene to battle the flames today.

"People will likely see helicopters in the area quite a bit," said ODF spokesman Brian Ballou.

A level-one evacuation advisory remains in effect for all homes on the left fork of Humbug Creek Road and for addresses 2542 and higher on Humbug Creek Road's main fork. A roadblock remains in place near the four-mile mark for Foots Creek Road, which is closed except for residents and firefighters. Ballou said the roadblock will likely be removed by 8 a.m. Thursday.

"Things are looking pretty good," Ballou said. "(They) definitely took the intensity out of that thing."

Seven other small fires — none exceeding an acre — are burning near Greys Creek, Sterling Creek, Williams, Ruch and Cave Junction, and ODF officials said they didn't track any new smoke columns during Tuesday reconnaissance flights.

A weather forecast for the Applegate today points to temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s with calm winds.