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Fire near Gold Hill 65% contained

A firefighter battles flames on the North River Road fire between Gold Hill and the town of Rogue River. Photo courtesy Oregon Department of Forestry

Crews assigned to the North River Road fire between Gold Hill and Rogue River made progress Sunday and overnight, bringing the fire to 65% containment as of Monday morning, the Oregon Department of Forestry said.

Lines along the perimeter of the 60-acre fire remain strong and mop-up operations are continuing, ODF said.

The fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management land.

Overnight, crews were able to mop up 50 feet into the interior of the fire along the entire perimeter. Three 20-person crews, two 10-person crews and three engines will continue that work today. Two helicopters will be available should bucket drops be necessary, ODF said.

On Sunday, hot temperatures and windy conditions caused multiple flare-ups along the perimeter, but helicopters were able to extinguish them and help hold the lines, ODF said.

Jackson County Emergency Management and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office had issued a Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation notice for the 1000-3000 blocks of Wards Creek Road in Rogue River and the surrounding area of the North River Road fire.

At 11 a.m. Monday, ODF announced that evacuation order had been cancelled.

North River Road is open. However, the public is advised to use alternate routes if possible for the safety of firefighters working in the area. The BLM Mountain of the Rogue biking trails remain closed to the public for safety concerns and wildfire operations along the trails.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Updates on fires in southwest Oregon are available at facebook.com/ODFSouthwest.