August 12, 2017 6:30 a.m.
Crews with the Oregon Department of Forestry, Southwest District, were busy with the Nugget Fire and the Grizzly Peak Fires on Friday.
A release issued late Friday night said the Nugget Fire near Gold Hill is still challenging firefighters, as steep terrain, covered in snags poses a hazard for all personnel on the ground. Crews are continuing to work on the fire line around the perimeter, but access is playing a role in the demanding firefight. The fire is still estimated to be between five and ten acres. Crews are focusing on building and strengthening control lines. The release says that while the fire will be letting off smoke, the fire activity remains moderate primarily in the interior of the burn. No homes are threatened by the Nugget Fire.
The series of Grizzly Peak Fires near Ashland are being wrapped up, according to officials. Additional mop up will be taking place Saturday before all five of the fires are considered 100% contained. Air operations will be cooling hot spots on Saturday and firefighters will be working throughout the Grizzly Peak area. That has led to a temporary closure of the Grizzly Peak Trail system to protect public health and safety.