Wildfire near Rogue River fully lined and plumbed
Oregon Department of Forestry crews worked overnight to wrangle a wildfire that spread rapidly Tuesday night and prompted evacuation warnings for dozens of addresses in the Rogue River area.
The Fielder Creek fire, which was reported Tuesday evening in the 900 block of Fielder Creek Road in Rogue River, remained on Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation warnings Wednesday, but it was considered 100% lined and plumbed, according to ODF Wednesday.
The fire was reported at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, and within two hours the fire, fueled by erratic winds, grew to about 15 acres.
Rogue River Fire District No. 1 and ODF engines began an “aggressive initial attack” in an effort to protect the numerous homes in the surrounding area.
Fire officials called second and third alarms to draw resources that included Grants Pass Fire/Rescue, Rural Metro Fire, Jackson County Fire District No. 3, Evans Valley Fire District 6, Douglas Forest Protective Association and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest crews.
Eight aircraft were called to the fire, including a heavy duty Type 1 helicopter, two initial attack Type 2 helicopters, one nimble Type 3 helicopter, two single-engine air tanker planes and two large air tankers.
By 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, winds carrying the fire prompted Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation warnings in the 900 to 1200 blocks of Fielder Creek Road, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and by 8:45 p.m. the sheriff’s office expanded the evacuation warning area to more than three dozen addresses between the 100 to 1400 blocks of Fielder Creek Road.
No structures were reported lost or damaged as of Wednesday, and no injuries were reported. Behind that success was recent BLM fuels-reduction work, residents who cleared vegetation on their properties through ODF fuels-reduction programs, and firefighter efforts, according to ODF. The fire’s cause is under investigation.
A contact crew worked overnight to secure a perimeter around the fire burning on privately owned and Bureau of Land Management land. By Wednesday morning, crews had plumbed the entire fire area with hose.
The challenge for Wednesday’s firefight included hazardous trees and steep terrain, according to ODF. Four crews, seven engines and two tree fallers were working the fire with goals that included holding the line and removing snag trees.