The state fire marshal is sending 2 task forces to help fight the Upper Applegate Fire in Jackson County, which has now grown to 2,500 acres.

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Oregon State Fire Marshal mobilized two structural task forces Friday to help fight the Upper Applegate Fire in Jackson County, which has triggered warnings level 1 pre-evacuation and had expanded by Friday afternoon to more than 2,500 acres. .

The task forces are from Lane and Polk counties and were mobilized as part of immediate response, a tool used by the state fire marshal to send firefighting resources outside of a conflagration. Structural task forces will support the Applegate Valley Fire District.

According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, as of Friday morning, the Upper Applegate Fire was estimated at 500 acres; The state's wildfire dashboard on our fire alert page had an area of ​​2,550 acres as of early this afternoon.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office had Level 1 Be Ready evacuation notices in place for homes near the fire. You can find the latest information on evacuations here.

ODF said the fire south of Ruch was burning in extremely steep terrain and affecting private, BLM and Forest Service lands on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Reported around the same time Thursday afternoon, on the other end of Jackson County, the Highway 62 fire south of Shady Cove was estimated at 75 acres and 100% edged Friday morning, affecting both private and BLM lands.

A new grass fire broke out Friday southeast of Cave Junction and burned approximately five to six acres before becoming “wet” in an aggressive initial attack. No structures were directly threatened.

“Our priority is to proactively protect our communities from the threat of wildfires. We are sending resources to increase capacity and support the Applegate Valley Fire District until the fire is contained,” said Oregon State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. “With hot, dry weather forecast, there is an increased risk of wildfires across Oregon. We urge everyone to help our firefighters by taking preventative measures to avoid starting a wildfire this summer and to follow all burning restrictions.

For more information on the fire, please follow the Oregon Department of Forestry – Southwest District. Learn to be #WildfireAware this summer by following these tips wildfire prevention tips.

About immediate response

The immediate response is made possible through OSFM's Response Ready Oregon initiative, created by the Oregon wildfire omnibus bill, Senate Bill 762, signed into law in 2021.

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