Fire Update: Red Buttes Wilderness Area

Firefighters made significant progress yesterday on the six fires burning in remote backcountry within or near the Red Buttes Wilderness on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The Goff Butte and Emily Fires have been declared out, the Fruit Fire has been contained, and the Cedar Basin Fire is expected to be contained today. The Lick Fire is now estimated at 26 acres and at 40% containment. The Hello Fire, burning in extremely rugged terrain within the wilderness, is now estimated at 50 acres with 0% containment.

Resources assigned to the fires today include seven twenty person hand crews, seven engines, two felling teams and additional overhead assisted by five Forest Service helicopters and two Oregon Department of Forestry helicopters, available as needed, for water bucket drops, crew shuttles and support. The use of mechanized equipment (helicopters and chain saws) has been authorized for use within the wilderness to suppress these fires. Two 20-person hotshot crews have been ordered to assist.

Closures:

• Forest Road 1040 from Seattle Bar Campground west to Bean Gulch. Barricades and posted orders will be placed at these locations.

• Trail #954 (Shoefly) as posted

• Trail #957 (Butte Forks) and junction of Shoefly and Trail #958 Horse Camp Trails west to Azalea Lake as posted

• Trail #958 (Horse Camp) as posted

 

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