Boyd C. Allen

Sheriff John Ward said as of Monday morning the Lobster Creek Fire, northeast of Gold Beach, had grown to 400 – 450 acres, but there were fire crews on all sides of the fire.

The fire was 10 percent contained, according to the Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA).

CFPA reports said there are currently 150 firefighters working on the fire with bulldozers, fire engines, crews, and aircraft. The fire is burning in the Lobster Creek and Fall Creek drainages. Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team 3 has been mobilized to take over management of the fire Monday night.

The CFPA Incident Action Plan divided firefighters into four crews and had those crews moving to the fire by 7 a.m. Other crews had worked throughout Sunday night.

CFPA’s Kyle Gibbons, leading the briefing, said the wind had died down overnight but forecasts predicted winds of 8 – 20 mph Monday and noted gusts in the creek drainages could exceed 30 mph. As he spoke, winds were already picking up.

Ward, who surveyed the fire from a helicopter Monday morning, said the fire was burning in heavier timber now and in areas where trees had been replanted, much of it on Rainier Timber Company property.

“There is a lot of smoke but no visible flames,” he added.

Both helicopter and fixed wing air support were on the fire by 9 a.m. Monday, according to CFPA’s Nils Storksen.

The fire was caused by humans in the Lobster Creek Youth Camp, Ward said, and his deputies had taped off the camp entrance and were continuing to investigate.

Advisors and youth from the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp were evacuated.

Members of the group were unwilling to provide information when asked about the cause of the fire, according to Ward.



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