Neil Rock Fire lined overnight, mop up continues

A column of smoke was spotted near Neil Rock, between Ramsey Canyon and Meadows less than a half hour ago. ODF Southwest Oregon District is sending multiple engines and crews to investigate. (Courtesy ODF Southwest Oregon District)

UPDATE (Wed. May 8th 9:30 a.m.)

The Neil Rock Fire was fully lined after firefighters worked through the night on site. Two hand-crews and two engines will continue to mop up the area Wednesday. There are a total of 38 people working on the fire - 32 of those being firefighters.

The fire is located in a very remote and rocky area about ten miles northeast of Eagle Point, creating additional challenges for crews - access to the fire was initially hard to make. Windy conditions also helped to push the fire uphill. It was first reported as a five-acre fire. This morning, it is completely lined at 9.5 acres.

The Neil Rock Fire was initially spotted by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Detection Center cameras Tuesday afternoon around 3:40 p.m. One engine was sent to investigate, but due to the increase of smoke in the area, a second engine, helicopter, a bulldozer, and the Task Force from the Medco B Fire were dispatched as well.

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UPDATE (6:00 p.m.)

The Neil Rock Fire is now estimated to be 8-10 acres in the Sams Valley area, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry, Southwest Oregon District.

Six engines, one water tender, one helicopter, a dozer, and a task force from the Medco B Fire are on scene this evening.

No evacuations have been made, and no roads are closed at this time, according to ODF.

The cause of the Neil Rock Fire is still unknown.

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UPDATE (4:15 p.m.)

Firefighters have arrived on-scene and are reporting that the flames are moving slowly, despite the wind, says the Oregon Department of Forestry, Southwest Oregon District.

The Neil Rock Fire appears to be about five acres in size at this time. ODFSWOD says that they are relocating the Task Force working on the Medco B Fire to this new fire. Additionally, two other engines from their Grants Pass office are responding.

The fire is located north of Sams Valley, and southeast of Shady Cove.

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ORIGINAL (3:45 p.m.)

The Oregon Department of Forestry is sending out two engines, a bulldozer, and a helicopter to investigate a smoke column near Neil Rock, between Ramsey Canyon and Meadows Tuesday afternoon.

The plume was caught on camera by the agency's detection center cameras at approximately 3:30 p.m. today.

The agency says that at this time, the cause is unknown, but they will update the public as more information becomes available.

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