This is an update to the previous article regarding this fire.
Firefighters engaged on the Anderson Butte Fire, located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land approximately seven miles as the crow flies south of Jacksonville, made excellent progress overnight, completely lining the entire perimeter of the fire. GPS mapping indicates resources were able to catch it at 25.5 acres, which is considered the fire’s final size.
Overnight, firefighters were able to meet and exceed their goals of not only lining the fire, but also plumbing the entire incident with fire hose. One of the challenges on this incident is the remote area where the fire is located; by plumbing the perimeters, firefighters now have access to water throughout the entire fire. Once this work was complete, crews were able to begin mop-up operations, reaching 20-feet into the perimeter on all sides by morning.
On Monday, resources will continue to mop up further into the fire, while keeping safety a top priority. Another challenge on this incident is the steep slope which the fire is burning on. This type of terrain poses dangers to our firefighters, including hazard ‘snag’ trees (pictured in video) and rolling debris.
Today, four 20-person crews, four engines, three water tenders and various overhead are assigned to the fire, totaling near 100 people. Aircraft are not assigned to this incident, however helicopters will be called in if needed.
The Anderson Butte Fire was first reported Sunday, October 2 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Multiple resources responded initially, including ODF partners at the U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. No homes were ever threatened on this incident.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.