Thursday, August 8, 2013

Douglas Complex Holds at 42,651 Acres

Current Situation:  The Douglas Complex currently consists of Rabbit Mountain, Dad’s Creek, and Farmer’s fires. Overall the primary focus is to strengthen control lines on the Rabbit Mountain and Dad’s Creek fires.  Crews from the Douglas Complex fire assisted Douglas Forest Protective Assn. firefighters control a ¼ acre fire ignited by lightning in the McCullough Creek area.

Rabbit Mountain – 21,598 acres 
Most of the fire has not grown from the established control line except for the southwestern corner which continues to expand.  Operations to stop this southwest advance of the fire include construction of fireline supported by hose lays and water drops from helicopters.

Dad’s Creek – 20,794 acres
The south end of the fire continues to burn near Grave Creek where fireline is nearing completion.  Containment lines in the Dry Creek and Poorman Creek areas continue to be strengthened to secure homes.  Crews worked to tie lines together on the west side on the fire. 

A Red Flag warning was issued for the fire and surrounding area due to the chance of lighting that will last through 11:00 pm Friday, August 9th.  This morning over the fire will be mostly clear with clouds and potential lightning forming about 3:00 pm.  These lightning storms are predicted to bring rain. 

Evacuations and Closures: 
  • Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed except for residendents.  The National Guard will be conducting traffic control the road blocks and not interfere with firefighters working in the area. 
  • The Level 2 evacuation for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Ruben Road in Douglas County and Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County.  The area from the community of Wolf Creek to Watertank Gulch is 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 hazards, like falling boulders and 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.  There are no reports of homes burned.  Seven minor injuries have been reported.  Two outbuildings have burned.  

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: 28%              
  • Complex Size:  42,651 acres
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Start Date: 7/26/13
  • Total Personnel: 3,148
  • Resources Include: 88 Type 2 hand crews, 4 Type1 hand crews, 111 engines, 28 dozers, 45 water tenders, and overhead personnel, and National Guard resources
  • Air Resources:  10 Type 1 helicopters, 7 Type 2 helicopters, and 5 Type 3 helicopters