August 25, 2018 – 0030 PDT
A wildfire that started on Thursday, April 23, 2018 around 1245 hours PDT is located 12 miles north of Eagle Point on land managed / owned by the OR State Department of Forestry where the Medford unit is in Unified Command with the OR State Fire Marshal Office’s Green Team.
The fire is burning in Sams Valley where firefighters are currently challenged by steep terrain and dense vegetation. It is said to be burning in the same area as the 1994 Hull Mountain Fire.
About 1,329 acres of timber and chaparral & short grass have been destroyed. There is a 17% containment status.
Extreme fire behavior with short crown runs, uphill and wind-driven runs and spotting up to 1 mile down wind. Fire had a high rate of spread hours after it started. Structures and energy infrastructure threatened.
Evacuations in effect along with road and trail closures.
There are currently 631 personnel. 14 crews, 38 engines and 5 helicopters. $1 Million CTD.
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