Final update issued for Lobster Creek Fire

    The Lobster Creek Fire burns about 12 miles northeast of Gold Beach in Curry County, Ore., July 3, 2018. (Curry County Sheriff's Office photo)

    COOS COUNTY, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Forestry is planning to hand off responsibility of the Lobster Creek Fire to Coos Forest Protective Association after four days of no growth and well-established control lines.

    ODF has issued a final update, reporting that containment of the fire is estimated at 75 percent.

    “History will judge us by what we leave behind. The fire team did excellent work and I’m confident our efforts to suppress this fire will withstand the summer,” said Link Smith, Team 3 Incident Commander.

    Occasional smoke from unburnt fuel that is smoldering in the fire's interior may be visible, but crew chiefs and the 192 firefighters remaining on scene feel comfortable with the progress made to contain the fire.

    In the end, ODF and other local wildland forces kept the fire's size under 400 acres. Through July 6th, the fire is estimated to have cost $2,038,000.

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