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Worthington Fire In Jackson County Is Winding Down

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ODF Southwest Oregon
The Worthington fire near Eagle Point at about 5:30 Thursday, July 30

Fire crews are conducing mopping up operations on the Worthington Fire, about 5 miles northeast of Eagle Point..

UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 3, 1:30 p.m. ...

The fire is now 100 percent lined with a combination of dozer and hand lines. It remains at 70 percent containment. Total acres burned remains at 750.

Fire crews worked on improving the hose lays surrounding the fire and increasing the secured fire line towards a goal of 100’-150’ towards the fire interior. Fire crews are also removing hazardous fire-weakened trees for safety in transportation corridors. This fire mop-up will continue for the next several days as crews work to strengthen the fire line. Weather across the fire area is forecast with high temperatures expected to reach 87-89 degrees today, with low humidity and the potential for some wind gusts.

There is currently a Level 2 ("Get Set") evacuation remaining for residents beginning in the 1500 block of Worthington Road and higher number addresses. This will be downgraded to a Level 1 “BE READY” evacuation at 8 PM today.

UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 1, 4:30 p.m. ...

The fire is currently at 725 acres. It is fully lined and 20% contained.

At 8 P.M. this evening, a local Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire. The team will be setting up an Incident Command Post at the Eagle Point Middle School.

Resources on the fire include 250 personnel, six dozers, eight 20-person hand crews, three water tenders, seven helicopters and one air tanker. Additional air and ground resources will be called in if needed.

UPDATE: Friday, July 31, 8:30 p.m. ... The initial and extended attack teams have been working aggressively to contain this fire. Thanks to cooler weather and higher humidity Thursday night, crews were able to make substantial process creating fire line, and have bulldozer lines around 90% of the fire. The fire is currently at 600 acres.

The plan for Friday is to continue a robust ground and aviation campaign. Weather forecast is mid to upper 90’s, relative humidity 18 with a Haines index of 5. We are expecting some winds later this afternoon with the passage of a dry cold front.

Resources on the fire include 250 personnel, six dozers, eight 20-person hand crews, three water tenders, seven helicopters and one air tanker. Additional air and ground resources will be called in if needed.

ORIGINAL POST: The Worthington fire has burned approximately 600 acres near Eagle Point, as of 7:15 Friday morning, according to ODF Southewest. Evacuations have been ordered for Worthington Road.

The fire is under heavy aerial attack by 6 helicopters, 3 large air tankers and one very large air tanker. Two dozers are also on scene with two more on order.

The fire was reported Thursday afternoon (July 30). The cause is under investigation.

Temperatures Thursday afternoon in Eagle Point reached 100 degrees and high temperatures are expected to be above 90 through the weekend.