Salt Creek Fire now 7% contained, mapped at 3,651 acres

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – The Salt Creek Fire grew slightly overnight, it’s now at 3,651 acres. Containment also increased to 7%. This is mainly because of the mop-up operations crews were able to do on the west side of the fire.

Firefighters focused on building lines along three significant areas of the fire on Tuesday meaning that 80% of the fire now has a line built around it. According to ODF, crews will continue to bolster those areas throughout the day Wednesday which will help to increase containment further.

Several firefighters have experienced heat-related illnesses and two were taken to the hospital on Tuesday.

Over 500 personnel are working on the fire on Wednesday, including multiple engines, bulldozers and water tenders.

With triple digit temperatures and windy conditions expected Wednesday afternoon, fire activity is expected to increase. Firefighters working the Salt Lake Fire will be on the lookout for new spot fires.

“With wind in the afternoon. So really same story that we’ve been dealing with the last couple days,” said Natalie Weber with ODF’s Southwest District. “And we’ve been able to largely hold on to the fire where it is. It’s grown a little bit each day because of those factors, but we’re prepared and we’re going to continue to put up that fight to keep it as small as possible.”

Structural firefighters will be protecting nearby homes in evacuation zones.

Evacuation notices remain the same. Level one warnings were issued for zones JAC 316, 317, 319, 321, and 325-A.

To get the latest updates, visit the official Salt Creek Fire 2024 Facebook page.

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