Wildfires around Oregon force closures prior to Eclipse
Fire crews continue to attack several fires throughout Oregon, securing lines and monitoring burns at the Jones, Whitewater and Rebel Fires.
The fires around the state have many officials worried about safety with the increased traffic coming from the Eclipse in late August.
Certain areas in the north-central regions of Oregon, prime spots to view the total-solar eclipse, have been forced to close due to the fires.
Several areas near Springfield and Douglas County have also been closed, and a Level 3 evacuation notice has been issued to residents of Dry Creek.
The Umpqua North Complex fire has also closed a portion of the North Umpqua River to boaters.
Whitewater Fire: The fire is actively burning near the Whitewater Trailhead in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, approximately 13 miles east of Detroit, Oregon. On Sunday, crews continued to improve and hold existing containment lines there while advancing construction of indirect containment lines along the western and northern edges of the fire. Two new starts in the Devil's Ridge area are confined and will continue to be monitored.
Rebel Fire: This fire is burning along the south fork of the McKenzie River and spreading into the Three Sisters Wilderness in an area of steep, rugged terrain. Monday, crews continue preparations along FS Road 19. Work includes brushing and chipping to reduce the availability of burnable fuels along the road and the north end of the fire, from Cougar Crossing campground south to Forest Road 425.
Jones Fire: This fire is currently burning approximately ten miles north east of Lowell, Oregon, in heavy timber. The fire has been challenging for fire resources due to steep terrain, unimproved roads, and limited access to fire lines. Public and firefighter safety continues to be the top priority. Crews are starting to secure a fireline along the 1817 and 406 roads on the western and northern edges of the fire. Heavy fuels throughout the interior will continue to burn, putting off large amounts of smoke throughout the day.