Total personnel: 516
The Flat Fire, which has been fueled by dry vegetation and winds, has shown significant growth, moving toward Wild Horse Ridge along Lawson Creek’s west side. However, thanks to northeast winds, the fire has been stopped from spreading further north. Firefighters have worked to create control lines and use wind direction to their advantage, preventing the fire from advancing toward the community of Agness.
In recent developments, last night’s successful burnout operations in the northwest section of the fire will continue today, contingent on favorable conditions. These operations have allowed firefighters to clear vegetation and create a safety buffer between them and the wildfire, significantly slowing its spread and protecting local communities.
Crews have been diligently working on the northeast section of the fire, focusing on improving roads to enhance access around the blaze. Meanwhile, in the north section, efforts are focused on strengthening firelines and deploying hoselines to safeguard the community of Agness. Structure protection groups have been deployed, working to safeguard buildings in the vicinity.
However, residents in Southern Oregon should exercise caution, as a Red Flag Warning is in effect due to gusty winds and low humidity, which may exacerbate fire conditions. As a precautionary measure, the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest has issued a closure order for the fire-affected area, encompassing trails, roads, and a portion of the Illinois River.
Moreover, increased fire traffic has made driving in the area more challenging, necessitating extra care and awareness from motorists.
Despite the efforts of firefighters, heavy smoke continues to impact nearby communities. Residents are advised to stay alert and follow updates from local authorities for any evacuation orders or safety guidelines.
As the battle against the Flat Fire rages on, the community’s safety remains the top priority. The coordinated efforts of firefighters and support from residents are crucial in combating this growing wildfire and protecting the region from further harm.
You can track this fire through our 2023 Wildfire Season partner’s Wildfire Aware app.