Thursday, August 15, 2013

Big Windy Complex Fire Update August 15, 2013

Big Windy Complex: The wild section of the Rogue River is now open with restrictions.   Rogue River recreationalists are strongly encouraged to launch from Argo rather than Grave Creek to reduce congestion at the launch area.   For questions about river operations, please contact the Smullin Visitor Center at 541-479-3735.  
Yesterday’s Fire Operations: Fire managers took advantage of yesterday’s hot and dry weather to burn out along the fire lines on the southeast flank.  Aviation resources were used to support the crews with water drops and reconnaissance flights.  The fire slowly backed down the hill to create a good understory burn, which is exactly what crews were trying to accomplish. Five hotshot crews worked until midnight to continue burning while conditions were favorable and to secure the burned area. 
Today’s Fire Operations: Crews will continue to construct contingency lines on the northeast flank. Resources on the south side of the river will continue burnout operations on the southeast flank.  Helitorch aerial ignition will be used.  Fire activity is expected to decrease after today with a marine push moving in from the coast, bringing more humidity and fog.    
Weather: Weather is predicted to moderate today with lower temperatures and a slight elevation in humidity.  Smoke impacts from burnout operations should be expected. The Haines Index has been dropped to 3. 


A Level 2 evacuation is in place for residences north of the Rogue River and south of the Marial Byway.  Residents in this vicinity should be prepared to leave if asked. A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west.  Hazards from the approaching fire may be severe in these locations and residents should take precautionary measures to protect persons with special needs, pets, livestock, and mobile property. 

  • 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 2300 to the junction with Forest Road 3300.
  • Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.
[originally posted The Big Windy Complex Information, Thursday, August 15, 2013]