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Wednesday fire updates

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Multiple fires broke out throughout the day, forcing firefighter resources to be stretched thin across Jackson, Josephine, and Douglas counties.

The Stratton Creek fire burning seven miles northwest of Merlin is estimated to be at 30 acres. The fire originated as three separate fires burning in mixed terrain on the north side of the Rogue River near Hellgate Canyon Bridge. Two of the three fires burned together late in the evening. The third fire has been knocked down by air and ground resources. Firefighters will continue to work on containment tonight. Air operations will resume in the morning.

The Reuben fire was burning roughly five miles north of Grave Creek Bridge and the Rogue River Trail. The fire was initially at five acres but grew up to 10.75 acres. Crews were able to knock down the fire and have complete containment. Crews will continue to mop the area tonight.

The Doe Spring fire is burning right of the Douglas-Josephine county border, north of Mount Reuben. Thanks to the teamwork of ODF Southwest and Douglas Forest Protective Association, firefighters are getting closer to a line around the full perimeter of the 6.5 acre fire. ODF said, "We truly appreciate the collaborative, aggressive initial attack that both agencies are displaying."

Lightning storms moved through the Klamath National Forest the past two days, starting multiple small fires in the area. Firefighters discovered 15 fires due to the last storm. 10 of those fires were contained and forest service continued working on containment of the other 5 fires. Thanks to the storms moisture, firefighters are able to tackle these fires in a easier approach.

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