Monday, August 19, 2013

Douglas Complex Fire Update 8/19/13

    Douglas Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Dennis Sifford, Incident Commander
Phone Numbers:  541-832-0136; 541-832-0137
Douglas County Information Number: 888-459-3830
Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

August 18, 2013

8:00 am                       

Current Situation:  As the fire reaches further containment, crews were released to other incidents around the state.  With fewer fire fighters, the Riddle fire camp was closed yesterday. All remaining personnel moved to the Incident Command Post at Glendale.   Burnout operations continue as well as patrol and holding of fire lines throughout the complex. On-going handheld and aerial infrared patrols along the perimeters are detecting hotspots to aid mop up crews.

Rabbit Mountain – 23,951 acres 
Crews will be working to hold and patrol containment lines while focusing on extinguishing remaining hot spots.

Dad’s Creek – 24,444 acres
A few unburned pockets of fuel still exist in the southwest portion of the fire.  Crews hope to complete hand lighting in order to finish the burnout operations started several days ago.   Containment lines in the Rattlesnake Creek, Dry Creek and Poorman Creek areas are being patrolled to ensure containment lines are secure.

Weather:   The warmer and drier weather will test the fire lines.  Any remaining hot spots will be more visible for fire fighters to seek and extinguish. 

Evacuations and Closures:  remain the same

·        Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed except for residents.  The National Guard will be conducting traffic control at the road blocks to limit public interference with firefighters working in the area. 

·        The Level 2 evacuation remains for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Reuben Road in Douglas County and Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County. 

·        Glendale is at a Level 1 evacuation.

·        The area from the community of Wolf Creek to Watertank Gulch is at a Level 1 evacuation.

·        Residences in the area are still considered threatened.  This means evacuations could be necessary at some point in the future.  Any official evacuation orders would be issued by the Douglas County or Josephine County sheriff’s offices.

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 have been lost. Ten minor injuries and two minor vehicle accidents have been reported.

Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased prevention restrictions for both industry and the public. Check before commencing your activities.

Fire Statistics: 

Location:  7 miles north of Glendale, OR    Percent Contained: 75%     
Complex Size: 48,395 acres                         Cause:  Lightning        
Start Date: 7/26/13                                      Total Personnel: 1,622
Estimated cost to date: $ 46,582,322                                                                                                    

Resources Include: 38 Type 2 hand crews, 1 Type 1 hand crews, 53 engines, 15 dozers, 17 water tenders, numerous overhead personnel, and National Guard resources.

Air Resources:  2 Type 1 helicopters, 3 Type 2 helicopters, and 4 Type 3 helicopters and National Guard Medivac

Places to get more fire information:

Douglas Forest Protective Association

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