Friday, August 23, 2013

Big Windy Complex Fire Update 8/23/13

Yesterday’s Fire Operations:  The Big Windy Complex received approximately 1/10” of rain yesterday morning when thunderstorms moved over the fire area.  Due to the wetting from the light rain no burnout could be accomplished.  One new lightning start, the Rafters Fire, was spotted and reported by rafters floating the Rogue River.  The Rogue River Hotshots located the fire and contained it.  Additional firefighters, engines, and aircraft assigned to the fire were deployed to assist local agencies as they attacked numerous new starts from the lightning storms.  These resources will return to the Big Windy as initial attack activity subsides and the fuels dry enough for burnout operations to be re-initiated.

Today’s Fire Operations:  Fire behavior is expected to be minimal today.  It is likely to take at least two days of warm, dry conditions to enable fire crews to continue the burnout operations on the northeast and western flanks.  Smoke may linger in the low lying areas.
Weather:  There should be smoke and fog in low areas early today with the inversion lifting between noon and 2 pm.  Expect mid and high level clouds with temperatures in the valley to peak at 80–85 degrees and no more than 73 on the ridges.  Winds will be light.
Evacuations: A Level 2 evacuation is in place north of the Rogue River and south of the Marial Byway.  Residents should be prepared to leave if asked.   A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west where hazards from the approaching fire may be severe.  Residents should take precautionary measures to protect persons with special needs, pets, livestock, and mobile property.
·       Grave Creek to Marial Back Country Byway, which includes Mt. Reuben Road (34-8-1 Road), 32-8-31 Road, a portion of the 32-8-9.2 Road, and the Marial Access Road (32-9-14.2).

·       Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) is officially closed.  See websites above for additional information. The National Guard is providing staffing at all road closure checkpoints.

·       Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 23 to the junction with Forest Road 33.

·       Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.
[Oringinally posted by Big Windy Complex Information, 8/23/13]