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Saturday, August 12, 2017

8/12/2017 Flounce Fire Update



August 12, 2017 9:00 a.m.

Shady Cove, Oregon – Firefighters on the Flounce Fire breathed a sigh of relief Friday night as the thunderstorm cycle was finally broken. For the first time in several days crews were able to focus efforts on one fire without being diverted to new starts. Containment lines are being strengthened and heavy mop-up is taking place to prevent any further fire spread. The fire remains an estimated 690 acres and is now 45 percent contained.

The Flounce Fire was one of several lightning caused fires from a thunderstorm that passed through southern Oregon on Monday, August 7th. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District and its cooperators corralled the majority of the fires with minimal acres burned. Flounce quickly grew out of control and required additional help from outside the area. ODF’s Incident Management Team 1, guided by Incident Commander Bill Hunt, was brought in to relieve district resources and to free them up for any new fire activity. A Level One (Be Ready) evacuation notification was issued to residents in the Evergreen and Lewis Road areas in Prospect just south of the fire. That notice was lifted Friday morning.

Approximately 759 personnel are currently assigned to the Flounce Fire. The 32 hand crews assigned to the fire are also being supported with 9 helicopters, 24 engines, 21 water tenders and 5 dozers.

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