Monday, August 12, 2013

Big Windy Complex Update


Big Windy Complex is burning in steep terrain; dry fuels and poor access have hindered control efforts.  Fire line construction is complete on the east and south perimeters and is nearing completion on the west perimeter.  Fire fighters continue working on contingency lines on the north side of the river. The closure that was in place on the BLM portion of the Rogue River’s Wild Section, from Grave Creek to Mule Creek, has been lifted with some restrictions.  For questions about river operations, please contact the Smullin Visitor Center at 541-479-3735.  Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3, under the command of Ed Lewis, assumed responsibility of the Big Windy Complex at 6:00 AM this morning.
Yesterday’s Fire Activity: The Big Windy Complex was not as active yesterday but fire activity is expected to increase again in the next few days as temperatures warm and fuels dry out.  Nightly infrared flights, which identify hot spots near the fire line, continue to provide valuable information that is used for planning purposes.    
Today’s Fire Operations: Firefighters continue to work on contingency control lines on the east and west flanks.  Structure protection continues in Galice and at the Rogue River Ranch; it is complete at the Black Bar Lodge and Zane Grey Cabin.    
Weather: Temperatures are expected to increase in the next few days and relative humidity levels are expected to drop. 
Evacuations: A Level 2 evacuation is in place from the Marial Lodge, along the Rogue River east to Grave Creek, then north and west on the Marial Byway back to the Marial Lodge. Residents in this vicinity should be prepared to leave if asked. A Level 1 Notice has been issued for the Galice Access Road, north to the Graves Creek Bridge.  Level 1 means that hazards from the approaching fire may be severe and precautionary measures should be taken to protect persons with special needs, pets, livestock, and mobile property.
Closures:
  • Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) is officially closed with closure orders and maps issued by the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management/Grants Pass Interagency Office and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest/Gold Beach Ranger District. 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

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