The Blackwell fire broke out just before 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, in an area of grass, brush and oak approximately one mile east of Gold Hill and one mile north of Interstate 5. One structure burned near the point of origin.
The fire remains active Monday, with the size estimated at 300 acres and a line established around 90 percent of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Three helicopters dropped water and two air tankers delivered retardant onto the fire front until nightfall Sunday. On Monday dayshift, 12 wildland engines (including a mix of 7 ODF engines and additional contractor engines) and nine crews (about 200 firefighters) will continue work on controlling the fire. Homes and other structures in the fire area received protection from firefighters and engines mobilized as part of a structural fire protection task force, composed of personnel and equipment from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties.
Blackwell Hill Road is open to local residents and fire traffic only. Roadblocks staffed by Jackson County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel are in place at Kirtland Rd., Gold Ray Rd., Merita Terrace and Foley Rd. An evacuation center to assist affected residents was established at the Community Bible Church, 500 N. Tenth Street in Central Point.
FIRES ON OTHER LANDS IN OREGON:
The Scott Mountain fire, burning in the Willamette National Forest 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge, is at 3,464 acres and 35 percent contained. The fire will continue to creep and smolder in the interior until it receives a significant rain or snow event. An area closure remains in effect for portions of the Mt Washington Wilderness and National Forest lands managed by the McKenzie River Ranger District. Additional information is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2082/
The View Lake Fire Complex in the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests remains at 4,775 acres with containment at 80 percent. Smoke may be visible from the fire area for several weeks to come. More information on the fire is available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2088/