Curry County residents, particularly those in the Brookings and Harbor may smell or see smoke, the result of a wildfire burning in the wilderness north of Cave Junction. There is no threat to homes or property in Curry County, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.
As of 4 p.m. today, firefighting resources were responding to the “Buckskin” Fire, located approximately six miles north of the California border, one mile outside the Kalmiopsis Wilderness on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Airtanker 161 was dropping water on the estimated 50- to 75-acre blaze, which is actively burning and clearly visible from the town of Cave Junction, according to Forest Service spokewoman Virginia Gibbons.
Members of the Siskiyou Rappel crew were on the ground on scene and more rappellers were enroute. Helicopters are also enroute/on scene, as are smokejumpers from Redmond. Two hotshot crews currently assigned to other incidents on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest are being reassigned to the Buckskin Fire to help battle the blaze.
In the Gold Beach Ranger District, which includes the wilderness in eastern Curry County, firefighters were mopping up small wildfires started earlier this week by lightning strikes. None of the fires were near populated areas. Here is the latest information as of 4 p.m. today:
•The “Tom Fry” Fire (#355), located two miles SW of Agness, is four acres in size. The retardant line held yesterday and firefighters have completed containment line. Steep, rugged, and remote terrain, coupled with heavy fuel loading, is impacting mop up efforts.
•Fire #346 is located near Hog Mountain. The fire is 2 acres in size and firefighters have completed a line around it. Fire is in patrol status with one engine assigned.
•Fire #372 Miller Fire, called in this morning, is reported to be 3.5 acres in size. One Forest Service engine, patrol unit, and 20-person initial attack hand crew, in addition to Coos Forest Protection Association resources, were responding. The fire is located near Elko Camp in the Hunter Creek area, is not threatening any structures, and is near to but not threatening South Coast Lumber lands.
•The North Smith Fire near Packsaddle Mountain is currently two acres in size. It is located near the SW corner of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness boundary. Four helitack crew members (Lakeview), a Forest engine and a 20-person initial attack hand crew was assigned.