Friday, September 13, 2013

Flare-Ups, Road Closures Continue on Douglas Complex

The warm, windy conditions over much of Southern Oregon this week haven’t stopped firefighters from making good progress on the Douglas Complex.  One hundred and fifty fire personnel remain assigned to the incident, continuing post-fire suppression activities.  The main objectives continue to be mopping up hot spots, working on rehab projects, and patrolling the fire lines.  Firefighters have also stopped several small flare ups, well within the interior of the fire.  These flare-ups have occurred in areas that didn’t burn clean.  While these flare-ups haven’t posed a threat to containment lines, fire officials are trying to minimize the loss of resources and habitat in these areas.  With these interior pockets occasionally burning, in addition to other smoldering material in the interior of the fire area, some smoke from the Douglas Complex will be visible until significant rain showers return to the area.

The BLM has extended the road closure for the general public around the Douglas Complex until the end of the month.  At that point, they will reassess the situation with the road closures.  The road closures are in effect for the safety of firefighters and the public while work continues in the fire area.  In addition to the potential for rolling rocks and falling trees in the burned area, many roads that fire trucks, water tenders, heavy equipment, and fire crews are working on are narrow, windy, and have blind corners.  The public is asked to honor these road closures and stay out of the fire area.  More information about the road closure can be found online at www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/newsroom/index.php or by calling the Roseburg BLM at (541) 440-4930, or the Medford BLM at (541) 471-6500.