Containment on the Milepost 97 Fire has reached 50 percent. But saying that firefighters have reached the halfway point of putting the fire out is an understatement. Hand line, dug by fire crews, and bull dozer construct-ed line completely surround the 13,119 acre fire.
The majority of the work that lies before them is mopping up, or pre-venting hot spots from flaring up and crossing established containment lines.
A high pressure weather system will remain over the fire today that will produce high temperatures and low humidity. The public may see areas of smoke rising from well within the interior of the fire where unburned pockets of fuel exist.
A level one evacuation notification remains in effect for public safety. Level one means that residents should be “ready” to evacuate if conditions war-rant. Fire officials say that many areas of Oregon should consider them-selves in level one when fire season is in effect.
Cooperators assisting partner agencies ODF, DFPA and BLM on the fire in-clude the U.S. Forest Service, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Roseburg Resources, Silver Butte Resources, Lone Rock Timber, Williams Pipeline, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation.
Size: 13,119 Acres
Start Date: July 24, 2019, 10:00pm
Expected Containment Date: Unknown
Location: One mile south of Canyonville, Oregon
Cause: Human Caused
Est. Cost: $14.9 million
58 hand crews
32 Water Tenders
2 Type 1 Helo
2 Type 2 Helo
2 Type 3 Helo
Evacuations: Level 1
Structures Threatened: 586
Structures Damaged: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0