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A force of over 200 firefighters have lined the entirety of the Hugo Road Fire’s perimeter, boosting containment to 30 percent. While gusty winds are still causing minor flare-ups throughout the footprint of the fire, crews are gridding the landscape in order to keep the fire in check. The fire, burning on private lands approximately ten miles north-northwest of Grants Pass in the community of Hugo has been mapped at 199 acres in size. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Goals accomplished today include completing and securing the perimeter control line, mopping up 100 feet in and around structures, mopping up 100 feet from all impacted roadways, and completing a thorough structure assessment for the Hugo Road Fire.
Tonight, night shift will continue mopping up from the exterior of the fire’s perimeter moving inward, as well as around structures. While smoke may be present, please know this is a part of the mop up process as crews are turning over hot stumps, removing hazard trees, and exposing hidden fire.
Due to significant progress and improved fire conditions, tomorrow resources from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will begin their journey home. Structure crews will demobilize in waves, in order to allow local resources to transition into place. It is important to note that while the extra capacity of firefighters will be returning to their respective homes, both local structure and wildland crews will remain present to continue mopping up over the coming days.