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Jones Fire: Officials say to prepare for hot, dry, unstable conditions

Jones Fire 10 miles Northeast of Lowell on August 21st, 2017, at Willamette National Forest (SBG)

FALL CREEK, Ore. -- The first order of business Monday will be controlling the spot fires burning outside the containment lines on the Jones Fire’s eastern and southern flanks, Incident Management said Monday morning.

The fire has burned an estimated 8,536 acres, with 51 percent containment. There are currently 614 people fighting the Jones Fire.

“Our priority is to get these spots tied up and secured before the weather changes this afternoon,” said Jeff Bouschor, operations section chief trainee for NW Incident Management Team 12. “The fire woke up yesterday afternoon. Let that remind us that although parts of this fire are quiet we still have a fire to fight.”

Red Flag Warning through Tuesday—prepare for hot, dry, unstable conditions. Expect east winds to push smoke out of the fire area this afternoon. While improving air quality, the winds could increase fire growth.

Monday, individuals with property to be recovered inside the area closure on forest road 18 will be escorted at their request. To enter the fire closure area, you're asked to meet security at the forest road 18 roadblock between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

On Sunday, thick smoke limited fire behavior until mid-afternoon when it cleared and the fire became much more active. On the fire’s southern and eastern flanks burning trees fell across the fireline in two places and ignited twenty spot fires, some of which spread quickly. Crews responded by using a bull dozer to create an indirect containment line to corral the spots.

Elsewhere, firefighters made good progress burning out remaining dry fuels between the main fire and the 18 road. Large portions of the fire were in mop-up and patrol status.

Got updated information, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5494/.

Closures:

Campgrounds: Dolly Varden, Broken Bowl, Big Pool, Clark Creek Organizational Camp, Bedrock and Puma Creek.

Trail Closures: Fall Creek NRT #3455, Johnny Creek #3454, Little Blanket, Clark Butte #3456.1, Little Cowhorn #3458, Jones #3472, Tall Trees #4269, Clark Creek Nature #3456, Hehe Mountain #3475, Clark/Fall Tie #3456.2, Saddleblanket.

Area Closures: Cowhorn Mtn. Lookout, Timber Butte Lookout, Saddleblanket Lookout, Tall Trees Old Growth Grove

Road Closures: USFS 18 road and 1800, 1806, 1816, 1817, 1818, 1821, 1824, 1825, 1828, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1834 roads.

Smoke, Road and Burning Restrictions:

An air quality advisory is in effect: Visit www.lrapa.org

If you plan to visit the Willamette National Forest on Labor Day, check for road closures at: http://go.usa.gov/xRnz7

Burn Restrictions: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx

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