New fire ignites memories of 2002's Biscuit blaze
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The specter of 2002's Biscuit fire is hanging over Southern Oregon's Josephine County.
Fire officials tell the Medford Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/13egpni) the Labrador fire is burning in the same area.
Snags left from the Biscuit are catching fire, falling and igniting brush that has grown in the past decade.
Fire spokeswoman Virginia Gibbons says the conditions are similar to those of 2002.
She says the fire is burning in steep terrain, and there's potential for explosive growth.
Sunday night, the Labrador fire area was estimated at 700 acres.
By the time it was contained, the Biscuit fire had burned in about 500,000 forest acres -- 780 square miles.
At the time, that was the largest since the 1800s. Last year, the grass and sagebrush Long Draw fire surpassed it.