Live cam view of wildfire in Grants Pass

Fire near Grants Pass, Oregon

Fire near Grants Pass, Oregon at 6:48 p.m. PT, May 31, 2011. Screen grab from Daily Courier cam.

(UPDATE at 4 p.m. PT, June 1, 2013)

Here is an update from the Oregon Department of Forestry:

Firefighters working overnight on the Beacon Hill Fire east of Grants Pass chased down and extinguished a handful of spotfires. The crews made progress on improving the fireline, burning out unburned fingers of fuel inside the fireline, and mopping up hot spots near to the fire’s edge. The size of the fire was revised upward to 115 acres.

Today [Saturday] approximately 50 firefighters will be working to contain and extinguish the wildfire. Four fire suppression crews, four engines and two water tenders have been assigned to the fire.

The 17-second video below shows a view of the fire from a helicopter, filmed Friday by Pacific Aviation NW, pilot Brett Hopper:


(Originally published at 7:06 p.m. PT, May 31, 2013)

The Grants Pass Daily Courier has a live web cam pointed at a wildfire burning on Beacon Hill adjacent to the city along Interstate 5. (UPDATE: as of Saturday, June 1 the cam is no longer pointed at the fire.) Here is an excerpt from an article at the Oregon Department of Forestry’s web site:

A fast moving grass and brush fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. today near Interstate 5 east of Grants Pass. One home was damaged by the wildfire and an outbuilding burned. No injuries have been reported, and no evacuations have been called for.

The fire is burning through heavy brush and mixed forest on Beacon Hill. Steep terrain and continuous vegetation caused the fire to grow rapidly between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Beacon Drive is closed to traffic, and one lane of the northbound lane of Interstate 5 is closed, but traffic is moving through. Jones Rd. is closed.

Approximately 100 wildland firefighters and 70 structural firefighters are working to contain the blaze and protect homes. Two helicopters are dropping bucketfuls of water on the fire, and two bulldozers are constructing fire line.

The web cam may be intermittent.

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Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+