Crews Battle Steep Jimmy Creek Fire
The 15-acre Jimmy Creek Fire located at approximately mile marker 16 on Highway 38 was reported about 1:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 18th. Crews from Coos Forest Protective Association, Douglas Forest Protective Association and Scottsburg RFD initially responded to the fire. The fire is burning in timber and reproduction in very steep ground with rock bluffs. The 30 firefighters with four engines, a tender and a dozer that initially attacked the fire have been joined by an additional 50 firefighters and two Type 2 helicopters.  Eighty people on a fire this size is more than normal but the ground is tough and the going is slow. The dozer is helping get crews closer to the fire and putting in a contingency line, but most the work will have to be done by hand. “Our goal is to have the fire trailed and a hose lay around it before dark. To accomplish that we are still working the initial attack crews, but they will have to be released soon”, said Incident Commander Kyle Gibbons.  The fire is on private timber land and in an area of homes, but no evacuations are needed at this time. Highway 38 remains open but drivers may encounter smoke, congestion and sightseers. Luchsinger Road should be avoided as there are rocks rolling into the road and firefighters working off the road. No injuries have been reported.

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