Wind fans Lobster Creek Fire outside Gold Beach to 450 acres
GOLD BEACH, Ore. - A team from the Oregon Department of Forestry has mobilized to take over management of the Lobster Creek Fire outside Gold Beach, the Coos Forest Protective Association said Monday.
Fire crews responded just before 2 p.m. Sunday to the Lobster Creek drainage, about 10 miles northeast of town.
They found a 300-acre fire driven by strong north winds. Crews began to attack the fire from the air and on the ground.
Fire crews worked through the night as the fire moved south, fanned by the wind.
The Lobster Creek Fire is now burning in the Lobster Creek and Fall Creek drainages, CFPA said.
Map shows general location of Lobster Creek, not the fire perimeter
As of Monday morning, the fire stood at an estimated 446 acres with 10 percent containment. Some 150 firefighters are on scene working the fire with bulldozers, fire engines, hand crews and aircraft.
No homes were threatened as of Monday morning.
A Type III overhead team from the Oregon Department of Forestry is expected to take command of the firefighting operation Monday night, CFPA said.
The fire danger prompted CFPA to increase the Industrial Fire Protection Level to Level II, a partial hoot owl, for all lands protected by CFPA in Curry County.
The restrictions take effect at 12:01 a.m. July 3. The limited shutdown prohibits the use of power saws, feller bunchers, or cable yarders; as well as blasting, or the cutting, welding or grinding of metal; between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily.