Cleveland Ridge Fire grows, crews to focus on finishing fire lines

clevelandmapTrail, Ore.- The Cleveland Ridge Fire burning near Trail grew to 635 acres overnight Tuesday. The Department of Forestry reports 80 percent of the fire’s perimeter has a fire line around it. Wednesday, crews will focus on building a fire line on the north end of the fire, where most of the growth is centered.

More than 200 firefighters are assigned to the day shift Wednesday, and helicopters and air tankers will be available to day shift firefighters.

Residents on Taylor Rd. and the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. remain under a Level 2 Evacuation Level, which went into effect at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. That means they should be packed and ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Residents along Hwy. 227 from the junction with the West Fork of Trail Creek Rd. to address 6481 were also placed under the Level 2 alert. More than 40 structures are within the evacuation alert area.

A structural protection task force remains in place today to protect homes and other structures in the event the wildfire posed a threat, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. The team is assembled from engines and personnel from fire districts in Jackson and Josephine counties.

The fire started Monday afternoon, and its cause is under investigation.

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