Hundreds of Firefighters Battle Blaze in South Oregon

More than 600 firefighters on land and in the air were battling a lightning-caused fire burning in southern Oregon on Friday, August 26, nine days after it ignited.

The Rum Creek Fire, burning about five miles northwest of Galice, Josephine County, began on August 17. On August 24, residents in some parts of county were told": to “be ready” to evacuate should an order be issued.

Between August 21 to 26, firefighting aircraft dropped more than a half-million gallons of water and a quarter‐million gallons of retardant onto the fire, authorities said.

As of August 27, the Rum Creek Fire was an estimated 4,319 acres in size, according to fire officials. A total of 639 personnel were on the scene, they said. Credit: Rum Creek Fire via Storyful

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