Milepost 97 Fire burns over 1,600 acres just south of Canyonville, Oregon

It started July 24, possibly from from a campfire

(Originally published at 1:09 p.m. PDT July 26, 2019)

3-D map Milepost 97 Fire Canyonville, Oregon
3-D map of the Milepost 97 Fire south of Canyonville, OR at 7:30 p.m. PT July 25, 2019. Looking northwest.

The Milepost 97 fire in southwest Oregon burned actively Thursday and Thursday night growing to 1,650 acres. The fire is one mile south of Canyonville on the west side of Interstate 5. (see map above)

It was reported Wednesday, July 24 at approximately 10:00 p.m. and is burning in steep, rocky terrain with limited access. Most of the fire is within an old fire scar from 1987. A preliminary investigation indicates it was started by a campfire.

(To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Milepost 97 Fire, including the most current, click here.)

The area is managed by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 “Go” evacuation order at 7:20 Thursday night, which applied to approximately three residences in the 100 to 300 blocks of Ritchie Road.

map Milepost 97 Fire Canyonville, Oregon
Map of the Milepost 97 Fire south of Canyonville, OR at 7:30 p.m. PT July 25, 2019.

The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) has been mobilized to assist the Douglas Forest Protective Association. The team is scheduled to assume command of the fire Friday evening.

Milepost 97 Fire
Milepost 97 Fire. Photo by
Douglas Forest Protective Association.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

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