Milepost 97 fire spreads to 6,000 acres


Fire near Canyonville continues to grows larger

The Milepost 97 Fire has grown to 6,000 acres as of Friday, July 26, 2019 (Douglas Forest Protective Association)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The “Milepost 97 Fire” is estimated to be about 6,000 acres large in southern Oregon near Canyonville.

Thursday night, the fire was only 750 acres in size. Since then, it has mainly grown south of the original blaze.

Seven helicopters, 2 large air tankers and two single air tankers have been deployed to assist the firefighters on the ground.

Tankers fly over Milepost 97 Fire on July 26, 2019 (Douglas Forest Protective Association)

Douglas Forest Protective Agency held a briefing on Friday where groups from the ODF’s Incident Management Team, along with landowners, tribal representatives and other agencies were in attendance.

DFPA said that safety for the general public and firefighters is always their top priority.

Information on Milepost 97 Fire

Air quality advisory issued for southwestern Oregon

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory for much of southwest Oregon because of wildfire smoke from a blaze near Canyonville.

The counties under the advisory until Monday include Curry, Josephine, Jackson, and Klamath.

On Friday afternoon, officials say air quality monitors measuring particulate matter along Interstate 5 in Grants Pass, Medford, Talent and Ashland were reading red which means unhealthy for everyone.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association says the Mile Post 97 fire started Wednesday and had burned about 9.4 square miles (24 square kilometers) as of Friday afternoon. Investigators believe an illegal campfire caused the fire.

Several homes have been issued notices to evacuate. Smoke could be seen from the interstate.

On Monday morning, the agency will evaluate whether to extend the advisory.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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