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Lobster Creek Fire Smaller than Authorities First Reported
The Lobster Creek Fire northeast of Gold Beach is smaller than authorities first reported because of more accurate mapping. The wildland fire that broke out Sunday is now at 397 acres and is 30 percent contained. Firefighters have been able to utilize hand-held GPS devices to trace the perimeter more closely. A Coos Forest Protective Association spokesman says he expects the fire to be contained by the end of the week. There are currently over 700 personnel assigned to the fire that includes 27 hand crews. The demobilization process begins today with crews and other resources heading home or to other fires over the next few days. Through July 4th, total suppression costs for the Lobster Creek Fire are just over $956,000. Authorities are not releasing the cause of the blaze since an investigation is underway. Youth campers who were staying at a county campground and park near the blaze were evacuated earlier this week. Authorities have not said if they are linked to the fire.