Monday, August 5, 2013

Southwest Oregon Wildfire Update

Click here to see map of wildfires in southwest Oregon.

Steep terrain, extremely dry fuels and difficult access make control efforts difficult, but line improvement continues on each incident.  Firefighters made additional headway on the Brimstone Fire bringing the containment to 80% and management of the fire will transition to a Type 3 team today.

Moisture and instability is forecast for later this week bringing a gradual increase in the chance of thunderstorms. These storms are anticipated to be wetter than the storm that ignited the current fires.

Although wetter weather is in the forecast, public use restrictions are in effect for private and public lands in the area and people should to be aware of current closures and restrictions. 

The following is consolidated information for each of the major fires burning in Douglas and Josephine Counties:

Total # Fires
Total Acres
Total Personnel
5
55,462
5,469

 

BIG WINDY COMPLEX

Location:  25 miles NW of Grants Pass

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
9,192
1,693
932
0

 Evacuations/Closures:  Bear Camp and Burnt Ridge Roads are closed, as well as numerous trails. The BLM portion of the Wild Section of the Rogue River is closed from Grave Creek to Mule Creek. The Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to the Rogue River Ranch is temporarily closed. A level 2 evacuation has been established for residences north of the Rogue River and South of the Marial Byway.

Significant Events: The Recreation Section of the Wild and Scenic Rogue River is open to rafters. However, the Grave Creek takeout is closed and law enforcement officials will not allow traffic into Grave Creek. Rafters floating on this section of the river should use the Argo, Almeda, or Rand river exits. Fire behavior Sunday was moderate and progress was made on containment lines. Dozers made progress on constructing line west of Clavert Peak. Fireline construction continues to progress along the Peavine road area. Crews continue to monitor the progression of the Jenny fire along the river. Steep terrain, extremely dry fuels and difficult access make control efforts difficult.

Contact:  541-476-1252, bigwindycomplexinfo@gmail.com

 

BRIMSTONE

Location:  10 miles NW of Merlin, OR

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
2,372
74
372
80


Evacuations/Closures:
  Road closures on Hog Creek, Quartz Creek and Angora Creek.

Significant Events: Fire line is in place around the Brimstone Fire and there was little fire activity this weekend. Crews will focus their efforts on mopping up the Northwest corner of the fire. A Type 3 team will assume command of Brimstone today.

Contact:  541-665-0662


DOUGLAS COMPLEX

Location:  7 miles north of Glendale, OR

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
35,633
1,174
2,652
16

 

Evacuations/Closures: 

·         Evacuations of homes along Reuben Road, Mt. Reuben Road and McCullough Creek Road in Douglas County were downgraded from a Level 3 to Level 2. Local residents have access, but the roads are closed to the public.

·         Evacuations of  thirty homes for Poorman Creek, Lower Graves Creek Road, Graves Creek Road and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County.

·         Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire area is closed.

Significant Events: The complex is made up of the Milo Fire, Rabbit Mountain Fire, Dad’s Creek Fire and Farmer’s Fire. An early lift of the inversion increased fire behavior and the Rabbit Creek and Dad’s fires increased in size. The combination of higher temperatures, lower RH and increased instability resulted in active fire behavior with torching and short range spotting. Air operations were heavily engaged Sunday to check fire spread. Firefighters continued to make good progress on smaller fires within the complex.  The Farmers Gulch fire is in mop up status. The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshalls Office are managing the Douglas Complex in unified command. An additional fire camp has been established in Riddle in support of the Douglas Complex.

Contact:  541-832-0136 or 541-832-0137


LABRADOR

Location:  13 miles NW of Cave Junction

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
2,020
0
372
0

 

Evacuations/Closures:  Road closures and Level 2 (advisory) evacuation for Oak Flat and Brushy Bar. Level 1 (precautionary) for the area between Kerby Flat and McCaleb Ranch.

Significant Events:  Crews have been moved to the head of Baker Creek to access areas of fire activity. Crews continue to make progress on the fire and will be working to suppress isolated pockets of creeping fire. Aviation resources will engage in suppression as smoke clears to identify outstanding hot-spots.

 Contact:  541-597-1160, labradorfire13@gmail.com

WHISKEY COMPLEX

Location:  6 miles east of Tiller, OR

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
6,245
678
982
25

 

Evacuations/Closures:

·         An immediate (Level 3) continues for the Ash Valley area and recreational sites around South Umpqua Falls.

·         Forest Road closures are in place for the area southwest of Beaver Creek.

Significant Events: Four fires make up the Whiskey Complex: Smith Ridge, Buckeye, Whiskey and Big Brother. Good progress continues to be made in securing containment lines burning and holding operations. With active fire behavior and burn out operations the Whiskey and Big Brother fires have grown into one fire. Air operations are continuing to utilize bucket work to check fire spread and fire spots.  The Smith Ridge fire has been mopped up and is currently in patrol status.

Contact:  541-839-3099, whiskeycomplex@gmail.com