A group of fires near Agness has tripled in size since Tuesday, burning through an estimated 623 acres. Two of the three fires – the 123-acre Solitude and the 8-acre Huggins – are burning south of the Rogue River near Half Moon Lodge. Crews have contained the Huggins, and are working to contain the Solitude.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman Paul Galloway said Friday that crews were concentrating on those two fires before turning to the larger 492-acre Blossom fire, which is burning in steep and rugged terrain north of Paradise Lodge.
“We’re putting firefighters where we can know we can have some success,” Galloway said.
Some crews are working to establish a fire line northwest of the Blossom blaze along the Panther Ridge trail. Helicopters are dumping payloads of water, but Galloway said this was a difficult process because the forest is so thick and can disburse much of the water before it reaches the ground.
So far, he said, much of the fire has stayed on the ground, burning up accumulated brush and other debris. Fires that spread to the tops of trees, called “crown fires,” can be much more serious.
No structures have been affected so far, and no evacuations have been launched.
The weather forecast for the area is calling for about 25 percent humidity and highs in the 90s.
“That’ll continue to create some movement with the fire,” Galloway said.