UPDATE 1 – 7/21/2018 – 2230 PDT – A wildfire sparked by lightning ignited on Sunday, July 15, 2018, around 0830 hours PDT.  The fire was reported at 0930 hours to the RRSNF by the Dutchman Peak lookout.

It is located about nine miles southwest of Ashland, Oregon on the Rogue River- Siskiyou National Forest (Office in Medford), three air miles from Wagner Gap and 1.5-2milesfrom the small community of Dog Fork.  It is burning partly on private land and canopied forest lands.

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Photo Credit | USFS – Rogue River- Siskiyou NF

Initial fire attack activities included water bucket drops and air tankers dropping about 10,000 gallons of fire-retardant but it was agreed that it was ineffective as it was not reaching the ground.  This was due to the heavy forest canopy above.

Crews are currently fighting the fire from the ground up and on areas where most effective.

Fire has burned 947 acres of timber and medium logging slash.  Crews have gained a 15% containment status. Fire behavior remains active with single-tree torching.

There are currently 467 personnel assigned along with four hotshot crews, 10 hand crews, five helicopters, 16 engines, three bulldozers and seven on loan from Incident Cooperators, as well as seven water tenders.

Incident Cooperators include the City of Ashland, Jackson County Emergency Management, Jackson County Sheriff Office, OR Department of Forestry and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Since July 17th when USFS IC R. Harrod (Type 2 IMT) and ODF IC John Buckman (Type 2 IMT) assumed command – helicopters have logged more than 50 flight hours and dropped 120,000 gallons of water over the fire line.

Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in effect for Hells Peak located southeast of Ruch.

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