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North River Road fire completely lined, 5% contained

Courtesy photo | Firefighters lined the complete perimeter and began mopping up the North River Road Fire between Gold Hill and Rogue River Saturday night.

Firefighters lined the complete perimeter and began mopping up the North River Road Fire between Gold Hill and Rogue River Saturday night. The fire is 5% contained and burned at 60 acres Sunday.

Most of the fire is burning federal land, including the Mountain of the Rogue biking trails. The fire was reported around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but was determined to be human caused as no lightning was reported, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Three 20-person crews and three contract engines joined the scene Sunday morning at shift change. Two helicopters were assigned to the fire to drop water from above.

Resources on the fire include Rogue River Fire District No. 1, Jackson County Fire District No. 3, Grants Pass Fire Rescue, Rural Metro Fire, Evans Valley Fire District No. 6, Medford Fire-Rescue, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest staff, Bureau of Land Management staff, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office staff, Jackson County Roads Department staff and Oregon Department of Forestry staff.

“Forecasted triple-digit temperatures are posing a risk for increased fire activity and causing concern for firefighter safety,” according to Natalie Weber, public information officer for the Southwest Oregon District. “Crews working on the fire today are being briefed on these challenges and will focus on holding lines, monitoring fire behavior and staying hydrated.”

A Level 1, “Be Ready” evacuation notice is in effect for the 1000-3000 blocks of Wards Creek Road. North River Road is open, but the public is encouraged to use alternate routes.