Gold Canyon Fire threatens 200 homes

Update (08/30 11:15 p.m.)– ODF says the fire threatened 200 structures. Evacuations are being reduced to a Level 2 (set) for residents on Wildpark Lane and Terrece Place. A Level 1 (be ready) evacuation is in place for those living on Reeves Creek Rd. The American Red Cross has established a shelter at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass.

ODF reports that a structural protection team is working to protect homes through the night. So far, none have burned. Personnel from multiple agencies across the region are facing steep terrain as they continue suppression efforts.

ODOT is warning drivers of delays. A pilot car will lead travelers on Highway 199 from milepost 20 to 24 through the burn area.

The fire is 85% lined and 5% contained. The cause is under investigation.


Update (08/30 7:30 p.m.) — ODF said the Gold Canyon Fire is nearing 120 acres, but fire crews are making progress and fire activity is beginning to slow. Evacuations are still in place. Around sixty structures are threatened but so far no homes have been lost.


Update (08/30 6:45 p.m.) — The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said the Gold Canyon Fire has grown to over 100 acres. Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) is now open to one lane of traffic. The public is urged to use alternate routes due to emergency vehicle and air attack operations in the area.

ODF said as of 6:45 p.m., no homes have been damaged.


Josephine County, Ore. — A wildland fire is currently burning near Selma. The fire quickly grew to an estimated 45 acres.

The Oregon Department of Forestry said crews are responding to Redwood Highway and Gold Canyon Road to fight the fire.

Several structures are threatened and residents are self-evacuating.

An aircraft has been requested to help fight the flames.

ODF said homes on Wild Park Lane and Terrell Way in Selma are on a Level 3 “Go” evacuation notice.

NBC5 News will continue to update this breaking story as more information becomes available.

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