“Active” Flat Fire Grows While Threatening Structures

The Flat Fire, situated in Oak Flat and approximately two miles southwest of Agness, Oregon, has grown to an estimated size of 3,000-4,000 acres, pending an upcoming infrared map analysis that will provide more accurate acreage information. Today, firefighting crews have been diligently focused on protecting structures in the communities of Oak Flat and Agness, as around 40 buildings face the threat of the encroaching blaze.

The fire’s activity has been most intense and active in the west-southwest (WSW) and east-northeast (ENE) directions, with significant advances observed in the Lawson Creek drainage area. It has spread across both sides of the Illinois River, burning through the scar left by the 2002 Biscuit Fire.

To bolster firefighting efforts, additional resources have been deployed, including 10 crews, 2 water tenders, 9 engines, 1 fixed-wing aircraft, three helicopters, and various support personnel. The coordinated response also involves multiple air tankers and resources from the Coos Forest Protective Association.

Effective from 6:00 a.m. on July 17, NW Team 6, led by veteran fire official Tyson Albrecht, is set to assume command of the Flat Fire, ensuring a unified approach to managing the incident.

Looking ahead, a Red Flag Warning has been issued for tomorrow night, predicting east winds and a lack of overnight humidity recovery. This warning underscores the importance of remaining vigilant in fire-prone areas.

As the Flat Fire continues to pose a threat to communities and natural resources, the combined efforts of firefighting personnel and public cooperation are crucial in mitigating the impact of this ongoing fire emergency.

Source: USFS

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