Saturday, August 3, 2013

SW Oregon Large Fire Summary 8/3/13



SW Oregon Joint Information Center
 
Saturday, August 3, 2013 *8:00 am* 541-471-6620 * swofireinfo@gmail.com

Clearer air and increased winds resulted in more active fire behavior yesterday, and smoke columns were visible throughout the area. Despite the challenging conditions, firefighters were able to contain and begin mopping up large portions of the Brimstone Fire.  Firefighters and equipment are being reassigned as needed between the fires in the area.  Public use restrictions are in effect for private and public lands in the area and people need to be aware of current closures and restrictions if they are heading outdoors for the weekend.
The following is consolidated information for each of the major fires burning in Douglas and Josephine 
Counties:

 Total # Fires
Total Acres
Total Personnel
5
47,269
5,295

BIG WINDY COMPLEX

Location:  25 miles NW of Grants Pass
Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
6,151
1,859
804
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 Graves Creek to Mule Creek. The Rogue River Trail from Graves Creek to the Rogue River Ranch is temporarily closed.
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. Firefighters completed preparations around the Black Bar Lodge and the Zane Grey Cabin along the Rogue River. In support of an indirect strategy, firefighters constructed ½ mile of dozer line on the west flank and ½ mile of hand line on the east flank in difficult terrain. Additional roads were opened and brush was cleared along roadways. While building fireline today, firefighters engaged the Big Windy Fire along Bear Camp Road and initiated small burn out operations to keep the fire below the road. Firefighters are in place near Horseshoe Bend on the Rogue River to watch overnight for any spot fires on the north side of the river. Rural Metro Fire Department is assisting PNW Team 2 with the development of contingency plans; a plan is currently in place if the fire moves north of the river.
Contact:  541-261-0424, bigwindycomplexinfo@gmail.com

BRIMSTONE
Location:  10 miles NW of Merlin, OR
Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
2,298
587
706
40

Evacuations/Closures:
  Road closures on Hog Creek, Quartz Creek and Angora Creek.
Significant Events: Fire line is in place around the Brimstone Fire. Firefighters will work to apply water to strengthen and hold the line around the perimeter of the fire. Efforts will focus on looking for additional spot fires in the NW corner of the fire, holding existing line and mop up on the south and east side of the fire.
Public Meeting: Sunday, August 4th, 6:30 pm, Flemming Middle School,  6001 Monument Drive, Merlin
Contact:  541-479-3842

DOUGLAS COMPLEX
Location:  7 miles north of Glendale, OR
Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
32,535
4,039
2,337
15

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. 30 residences remain evacuated on Graves Creek Road, with more than 40 additional residences receiving pre-evacuation notices.
·         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. Good progress was again made on the Milo and Farmer’s Fires, the smaller fires in the complex. Firefighters plan to construct fire lines on the east flank of Rabbit Mountain, along Graves Creek. Crews will complete burn out operations on the east flank of the Dad’s Creek Fire. Firefighters are making good progress on smaller fires within the complex. The Oregon Army National Guard is providing personnel and aviation assets to help with fire suppression. The Governor’s Office has approved the Conflagration Act for fires in northern Josephine County allowing structural resources to be utilized in those areas, while being managed as part 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
510
0

Evacuations/Closures:  Road closures and Level 2 (advisory) evacuation for Oak Flat and Brushy Bar. Level 1 advisory for area between Kerby Flat and McCaleb Ranch.
Significant Events:  Firefighters continue to prepare line on the east and north side of the fire. Fire engines are staged in the Oak Flat area to provide structure protection. Crews plan to conduct burn out operations along the Illinois River as needed to keep the fire from spreading. Aviation resources re-engaged when the smoke cleared on the west side of the fire yesterday. The fire responded well to aerial suppression actions.
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
4,839
654
905
20

Evacuations/Closures:
·         An immediate (Level 3) evacuation is in place 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. Firefighters are making good progress establishing and securing containment lines. Crews are mopping up the Smith Ridge Fire. There will be continued use of air resources for reconnaissance, bucket work and to assist ground personnel in securing containment lines on the Whiskey fire. Resources continue protection of private lands and structures. National Guard resources are expected to arrive for assistance
Contact:  541-839-3099, whiskeycomplex@gmail.com

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[Originally sent from the SW Oregon Joint Information Center]