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Milepost 97 Fire burning in Southern Oregon

The 13,119 acre fire located one mile southeast of Canyonville, Oregon is 50 percent contained.

Posted: Jul 27, 2019 9:57 AM
Updated: Aug 4, 2019 3:08 PM

UPDATE 2:55 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 - Containment on the Milepost 97 Fire burning in Southern Oregon has reached 50 percent.

Authorities from participating firefighting agencies said on Sunday that they constructed line completely around the 13,119 acre fire. Even though the containment figure is 50 percent, the firefighters say they are way past the halfway point of putting out the fire.

The majority of the work ahead of them consists of mopping up, preventing hot spots from flaring up and crossing established containment lines.

A high pressure weather system is over the fire on Sunday which is expected to produce high temperatures and low humidity. The public may see areas of smoke rising from well within the interior of the fire where unburned pockets of fuel exist.

A level one evacuation notification remains in effect for public safety. Level one means that residents should be “ready” to evacuate if conditions warrant. Fire officials say that many areas of Oregon should consider themselves in level one whenever fire season is in effect.

Cooperators assisting partner agencies ODF, DFPA and BLM on the fire include the U.S. Forest Service, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Roseburg Resources, Silver Butte Resources, Lone Rock Timber, Williams Pipeline, Douglas County, Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation.

The containment date for the human caused Milepost 97 fire is still unknown.

So far almost $15 million has been spent to contain the fire.

There are still more than 1,300 people involved in the firefighting efforts.

No structures have been damaged or destroyed but 586 are still considered to be threatened.

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UPDATE 1:41 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2019 - The Milepost 97 Fire is five percent contained and is 8,878 acres in size.  931 personnel are working to contain the human-caused fire. (This acreage number is from Inciweb, the fire communication tool for the USFS. The Milepost 97's incident command team says on the Milepost 97 Facebook page that it is actually 11,009 acres in size.)

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UPDATE 9:55 a.m. Sunday, July 28, 2019 - The Milepost 97 Fire burning in Southern Oregon is now 11,009 acres in size. As of Sunday morning it is considered to be five percent contained.  There is no expected containment date for this human-caused fire that started the night of July 24, 2019.

Close to 590 structures are considered threatened at this time. A community fire information meeting will take place Sunday night at Glendale High School at 7 p.m.

More than two million dollars has been spent so far on the firefighting efforts.

FIRE SUMMARY
Strong winds continued over the fire through most of the evening shift, causing the fire to remain active through most of the night. Ground crews worked to contain spot fires across I-5 near the Turkey Creek/Milepost 94 area and along I-5.

The focus of Sunday's work will be to continue the work on the spot fires and to safely construct line along the I-5 corridor and along the south and southeastern edges.More than 930 people are involved in the Milepost 97 firefighting operation.

Crews are making progress along the northern edge of the fire, having constructed line and starting to plumb. The western edge is being constructed along the ridgetops to create a continuous line, where possible. Crews will continue to build this line and strengthen what has been constructed.

The Douglas County Sheriffs Office issued a Level 2, “Set” evacuation level for all residents on the west side of the freeway between Interstate mileposts 88-83 which includes: Barton Road, Azalea-Glen Road, Old Booth Lane, Harrel Lane, Hobbs Lane, Fortune Branch Road on the Azalea-Glen side, Forrest Road, Realty Road, Quines Creek Road, Mobley Drive.

Additionally, all residences off of Upper Cow Creek Road starting at Interstate 5 milepost 88, east to the base of Galesville Dam are being elevated to a Level 2.

A Level 1 " Be Ready" notice is also being issued for all residents living on Windy Creek Road at and above Woods Creek Road. Barton Road south to Glendale Junction Road.

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UPDATE 7:34 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 - We have added video from the Milepost 97 Fire incident base camp in Southern Oregon by Action News Now reporter Mari Nelson. Here are two new maps of the 9,000 acre wildfire.

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UPDATE 3:11 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 - Officials said there is very little visibility on Interstate 5 near the Milepost 97 Fire due to the increase in spot fires in the area. Here is a photograph that shows the dense smoke on Interstate 5. Please avoid traveling along Interstate 5 in the fire area.

UPDATE 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 - Douglas County Sheriff's Office posted a local alert for Azalea and Glendale.

In conjunction with Milepost 97 Fire managers, the Sheriff's Office is issuing Level 2 "GET SET" evacuation notices for all residences on the west side of the freeway between Interstate mileposts 88-83.

This includes:

Barton Road
Azalea-Glen Road
Old Booth Lane
Harrel Lane
Hobbs Lane
Fortune Branch Road on the Azalea-Glen side
Forrest Road
Realty Road
Quines Creek Road
Mobley Drive

Additionally, all residences off of Upper Cow Creek Road starting at Interstate 5 milepost 88, east to the base of Galesville Dam are being elevated to a Level 2.

Below this map you will see what authorities mean by "Level 1" and "Level 2" evacuation threats.

Level 2 or "Get Set" means:

• This level indicates significant danger to your area and are encouraged to leave. If you decide to stay, be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice

This may be the only notice you receive if conditions worsen

Supply your "go kit" with all the essentials to last 2 weeks

Stay connected with emergency information and evacuation routes

Begin evacuating large animals.

A Level 1 " Be Ready" notice is also being issued for all residents living on

Windy Creek Road at and above Woods Creek Road.

Barton Road south to Glendale Junction Road.

Level 1 "Ready" means:

Be ready for the potential to evacuate
Have a "go kit" ready
Have an evacuation plan for your family and pets
Be Firewise and create a defensible space around your home

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UPDATE 2:07 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 - According to a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) the fire is now 9,000 acres in size and is spreading.  There are many different spot fires starting around Interstate 5 that they are trying to control. The fire is visible at certain spots as well. This is enlarging the perimeter of the Milepost 97 Fire.

The Level 1 "Ready" evacuation has been changed to a Level 2 "Get Set" notice.

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UPDATE 1:13 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 - The Milepost 97 Fire is considered to be a human-caused fire.

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UPDATE 12:56 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 - Here is a map showing some closures on Interstate 5 related to the Milepost 97 Fire. Please avoid the area if possible.

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UPDATE 12:01 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 - Here is the latest information on evacuation orders for the Milepost 97 Fire.

The Sheriff's Office has issued Level 1 "Ready" evacuation notices for all residences on the west side of Interstate 5 between mileposts 83-88.

This includes:

Barton Road

Azalea-Glen Road

Old Booth Lane

Harrel Lane

Hobbs Lane

Fortune Branch Road on the Azalea-Glen side Forrest Road Realty Road Quines Creek Road Mobley Drive

Additionally, a Level 1 "Ready" notice is also being issued for all residences off of Upper Cow Creek Road starting at Interstate 5 milepost 88, east to the base of Galesville Dam.

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CANYONVILLE, Calif. - The Milepost 97 fire has burned more than 6,000 acres in Southern Oregon, approximately one mile southeast of Canyonville. The fire was first reported on Wednesday, July 24th at approximately 10:00 p.m.

The fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain with limited access. Currently, the Milepost 97 Fire is burning in an old fire scar that originally burned in 1987.

The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team #3 (IC Smith) has been assigned to the fire to assist the Douglas Forest Protective Association with fire suppression efforts. They took over the incident management at 6 p.m. on Friday.

The command post will be in Tri-City near Pruner Road and Industrial Way. Motorists in the area are asked to drive with caution due to an increase in fire related traffic in the area. (More information is below the photo)

The majority of the growth has been to the south/southwest of the original fire and is burning through a mixture of private industrial timbnerlands, O&C Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and lands held in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affiars for the Cow Creek Tribe.

Friday afternoon there were seven heliptrs, two large air tankers and two single engine air tankers supporting firefighters. Addition resources for aerial and ground attack are enroute to the incident.

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