Today, the wildfire continued its spread on the western flank, prompting fire managers to take swift action. An infrared flight is scheduled for this evening to accurately map the fire’s acreage. Fortunately, firefighters have successfully contained the fire within control lines on the northwest section, a significant accomplishment in curbing its advancement.
In their efforts to protect communities in the Agness area, firefighters carried out small, targeted 10-15 acre burnouts on the north flank, reducing vegetation and mitigating potential risks.
Aviation resources, including helicopters and airtankers, have been pivotal in the firefighting operations. They have been strategically dropping water and retardant over the fire, temporarily slowing its progress and assisting ground crews in their challenging task.
As the night sets in, nightshift firefighters will continue building fireline and laying hoseline, ensuring continuity in their progress from the day shift.
Weather conditions have been clear with low humidity on ridges, creating a challenging environment for firefighting efforts.
The Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest has implemented a closure order for the fire area, which includes trails, roads, and a portion of the Illinois River. Be cautious while driving in the area due to increased fire traffic.
As the situation remains dynamic, authorities urge everyone to comply with restrictions and safety measures to help control and contain the wildfire until it can be fully extinguished.
You can track this fire through our 2023 Wildfire Season partner’s Wildfire Aware app.