Monday, August 12, 2013

Douglas Complex Update

Current Situation:  The Douglas Complex currently consists of Rabbit Mountain, Dad’s Creek, and Farmer’s fires.  As weather returns to more seasonal conditions, fire fighters continue to work diligently to extinguish all hot spots along the perimeter and within the interior portion of the fire.  Other fire fighters are working on patrolling and holding the lines.  More active areas are being prepared for future burnout operations to control the remaining hotter edges of the fire.  Infrared patrols along the perimeters are detecting  hotspots to aid mop up crews.
Rabbit Mountain – 23,240 acres 

The southwest corner and western flank of the fire around Riffle Creek and Bear Creek continue to be the most active front of the fire.  Crews will be working to construct containment lines in this area.  Crews in other areas of the fire will strengthen firelines and extinguish hot spots.   Burnout operations will be occurring over the next several days to complete control objectives. 
Dad’s Creek – 21,908 acres

The southwest end of the fire continues to burn near the rugged areas of Reuben Creek where fireline is still being constructed.  Crews will be taking advantage of less active fire behavior to reinforce firelines in these areas.  Containment lines in the Rattlesnake Creek, Dry Creek and Poorman Creek areas continue to be strengthened to secure homes.
Weather:   No lightning is forecasted.   A warming and drying trend is expected through the week.  As seasonal weather conditions return, fire fighters can expect increased fire activity. 
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 hazards, like falling boulders and trees, old mine shafts, and narrow roads which are affecting access into some of the fire area.  Heavy rainfall in some parts of the fire may increase rolling debris and make footing more difficult.  Values at risk include homes, commercial timberland, and critical wildlife habitat.   To date, no homes have burned, but two outbuildings burned.
Seven minor injuries have been reported.
Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased prevention restrictions for both industry and the public. Check before commencing your activities.