Saturday, August 17, 2013

Douglas Complex 72 Percent Contained

No additional perimeter growth is anticipated for the fires in the Douglas Complex, which is 46,932 acres in size. However, acreage may increase due to additional interior burning. Aerial ignitions will continue to assist the burnout activities today on the Dad’s Creek fire.

The complex is 72 percent contained and the suppression cost to date is $45 million. Personnel and equipment assigned to the complex includes 62 crews, 64 engines, 19 bulldozers, 24 water tenders and ten helicopters.

Rabbit Mountain Fire – 23,954 acres 

Crews will continue to strengthen firelines and extinguish hot spots. Mop-up will continue with a close watch on the lines for spots of rolling debris.
 
Dad’s Creek Fire – 22,715 acres

Burnout will continue today between the Sawmill Gap Ridge and Reuben Creek. Mop-up, patrol, and rehab, of the unburned areas for spots will continue around the fire perimeter today. Infrared patrols will assist in the detection of hot spots.
 
Weather:   The fire area will experience a warming and drying trend beginning today and will continue for the next couple of days. Temperatures will be about 10 degrees higher than normal. The winds will be out of the northeast and the communities of Glendale, Canyonville, and Riddle should encounter less smoke than yesterday.
 
Evacuations and closures:
  • Cow Creek Rd from Riddle into the fire area has been closed except for residents. The Oregon National Guard will be conducting traffic control at the roadblocks to limit public interference with firefighters working in the area.
  • A Level 2 evacuation remains in place for McCullough Creek Rd, Reuben Rd, and Mt Reuben Rd in Douglas County and Lower Grave Creek Rd, Grave Creek Rd, and Lower Wolf Creek Rd in Josephine County.
  • Glendale is at a Level 1 evacuation.
  • The area from Wolf Creek to Watertank Gulch is at a Level 1 evacuation.
  • Residences in the area are still considered threatened. This mean evacuations could be necessary at some point in the future. Any official evacuation orders would be issued by the Douglas County Sheriff or the Josephine County Sheriff.
Public Safety/Prevention:  Firefighters are contending with the following hazards: Rolling boulders, falling trees, old mine shafts, and narrow roads which are affecting access into some of the fire area.  Values at risk include: homes, commercial timberland, and critical wildlife habitat.   To date, no homes have burned, but two outbuildings been lost. Ten minor injuries have been reported.
 
The Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased prevention restrictions for both industry and the public. Check www.dfpa.net for details.