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Friday, August 11, 2017

8/11/2017 Flounce Fire Update



August 11, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Shady Cove, Oregon – The weather continues to dominate headlines with fires in Jackson and Josephine County. Lightning once again lit up the sky over the Flounce and other fires in the area Thursday night, continuing the daily thunderstorm activity that has plagued southern Oregon all week. Thankfully, last night’s electrical event had little effect on the Flounce Fire. Crews continue to make progress and have prevented any additional fire spread over the past two days. The fire is still estimated to be 690 acres and 40 percent contained. The threat of thunderstorms is expected to continue through the weekend.

After evaluating current fire behavior and activity, a joint decision between Jackson County Emergency Management, Jackson County Fire Defense Board, Prospect Rural Fire Department and fire team officials has been made to lift the Level One (Be Ready) evacuation notice. While Evergreen Drive and Lewis Road residents are no longer under notice, fire officials recommend that everyone “Be Ready” for any emergency. For more information on disaster planning and the community alert system in Jackson and Josephine counties, check

Approximately 730 personnel are currently assigned to the Flounce Fire. Fire crews are also being supported with 9 helicopters, 23 engines, and 17 water tenders.

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