Sunday, August 4, 2013

SW Oregon Large Fire Summary 8/4/13



SW Oregon Joint Information Center
Sunday, August 4, 2013 * 9:00 am* 541-471-6620 * swofireinfo@gmail.com

A warming and drying trend will continue today potentially generating an increase in fire activity. With this change in weather there will be a rise in fire danger going into the coming week. Steep, difficult terrain and dry fuels remain a challenge for suppression efforts but progress was made on each incident.  Firefighters made additional headway on the Brimstone Fire bringing the containment to 60%. Incidents continued to cooperate by sharing resources in support of one another.
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 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
52,518
5,544

BIG WINDY COMPLEX
Location:  25 miles NW of Grants Pass
Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
7,499
1,348
1074
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. Firefighters have reduced fuels around the Black Bar Lodge and the Zane Grey Cabin along the Rogue River. Line improvement continues along the east and southeast flanks of the fire. Southwest and west flanks of the fire continue to construct fireline, improve direct and indirect fireline for burnout operations. Steep terrain, extremely dry fuels and difficult access make control efforts difficult. Firefighters continue to monitor the fires progression along the Rogue 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
2298
0
660
60

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 Saturday. Crews will continue holding line and mopping up

Public Meeting:  Sunday August, 4th. 6:30 pm, Fleming 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
34,459
1924
2,397
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.
·         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. Oregon National Guard personnel are engaged with both air and ground resources. 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
460
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:  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 across the river. Aviation resources remained successful in providing suppression support into Saturday evening.
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
6,242
728
953
20

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.   The Smith Ridge fire has been mopped up and is currently in patrol status.
Contact:  541-839-3099, whiskeycomplex@gmail.com

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[Originally sent from the SW Oregon Joint Information Center]


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