Lobster Creek Fire

Photo of the contained Lobster Creek Fire east of Gold Beach. Photo Courtesy of Coos Forest Protective Association.

The Lobster Creek fire east of Gold Beach was officially reported as contained and in the mop-up phase by Coos Forest Protective Association on Monday.

After nine days of battling the blaze firefighters have managed to contain it.

Still under investigation, the fire burned 397 acers of forest land. Although the fire is no longer spreading, CFPA would like to remind citizens that the fire area is still dangerous. Soils that have been disturbed by the fire and have loosened up rocks, which will continue to roll off the steep slopes and onto the roads.

Firefighters will be working through the fire area systematically putting out hot spots and smoldering embers. Dangerous trees have been identified and felled.

CFPA said that they’re top priority is still firefighter and public safety, and advises folks to avoid the area.

Increasingly dry conditions and a warming trend in southwest Oregon forestlands have cause the U.S. Forest Service to move the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to level 2.

Level 2 industrial restrictions apply specifically to contractors and permit holders, including those with permits to cut firewood for personal use.

Restrictions include prohibiting the use of power saws between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. except at loading sites, the prohibited use of cable yarders between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., blasting prohibited between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., and welding or cutting of metal will be prohibited between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Additionally, commercial operators on forestlands are required to have fire suppression equipment on site and provide watchman service.

These restrictions are not applicable to standard recreational uses.

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Nicholas A. Johnson can be reached at 541-266-6049, or by email at nicholas.johnson@theworldlink.com.