Friday, August 9, 2013

Flights Detect More Lightning-Caused Fires on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Due to improved visibility, aerial reconnaissance flights were able to get off the ground this morning and detected 7 new lightning-caused fires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Three new fires are located on the High Cascades Ranger District with four on the Wild Rivers Ranger District were ignited from the lightning activity between 6pm last night and 6am this morning.

As of noon today, all 7 confirmed new fires are reported at less than one acre in size. One new fire on the High Cascades is located between 2 contained fires from the August 7 strikes. Resources, including rappellers are currently responding.

Crews and Engines are responding to the 4 new fires on Wild Rivers Ranger District, and bucket drops will be used on 2 of those 4 fires.

Aerial recon of the Gold Beach and Powers area at the west end of the forest is currently taking place.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is continually staffing fire lookouts. Additional rappellers are available if needed, as well as smoke jumpers located out of Redding, CA.

Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District was hit hard with lighting but most strikes occurred in an area burned during the 2012 Fort Complex Fire and no smokes or fires have been detected.

The National Weather Service says the Red Flag Warning for the Rogue River-Siskiyou remains in effect until 11pm PDT this evening for abundant lightning with dry fuels.

Even with the advent of wetter thunderstorms, fire danger throughout southwest Oregon remains extreme. Fire officials ask the public to be familiar with current public use restrictions.

SW Oregon Wildfire Update


Steep terrain, limited access and dry fuels continue to make control efforts difficult on the four remaining uncontained fires in the Southwest Oregon area. These factors will influence the duration of these fires and persistence of smoke. Management of large incidents is anticipated to continue until there is a significant change in weather.

The use of aircraft has been limited by poor visibility due to the smoke inversion impacting the region.  As the inversion lifted early Thursday afternoon fire activity increased. Firefighters have been progressing with line construction on each incident. Thunderstorms moved through the area igniting new starts which are being staffed by local resources which can be supplemented with aircraft, engines and crews from the large fires burning in the area

Southwest Oregon remains in a Red Flag warning due to the threat of lightning until 11 pm this evening. Moisture may increase late today as storms become wetter although not all areas will receive rain. Outflow winds may contribute to fires spread. This weather system is expected to remain over the area into Saturday.

While 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.

This is the final summary report coming from the SW Oregon Joint Information Center.  After today remaining inquiries should be directed to individual incidents.

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

Total # Fires
Total Acres
Total Personnel
4
71,029
5,467

 

BIG WINDY COMPLEX

Location:  25 miles NW of Grants Pass

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
14,364
279
1,233
10

 

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 (advisory) evacuation has been established for residences north of the Rogue River and South of the Marial Byway.

·         A level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west.

·         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.

Significant Events: Burnout operations have been progressing very deliberately due to steep terrain, extremely dry fuels, difficult access and changing weather conditions. Burnout operations in the Black Bar Lodge area have been completed and will continue along Bear Camp Road. Crews have been working to establish structure protection for Galice. Other resources not assigned to the fire are protecting the Rogue River Ranch. Firefighters continue to monitor the fires progression along the Rogue River.

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

 For additional information visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3570/


DOUGLAS COMPLEX

Location:  7 miles north of Glendale, OR

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
44,045
1,394
3,138
32

 

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 homes in the Poorman Creek, Lower Graves Creek Road, Graves Creek Road and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County were downgraded from a Level 3 to a Level 2 (Advisory) on August 7th

·         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. Fire activity increased as the inversion lifted early Thursday afternoon resulting in fire growth on the Rabbit Mountain and Dad’s Creek fires.  Reduced humidity recovery along ridges and upper slopes caused active fire behavior through the evening. Crews work to build containment lines in Riffle and Bonnie Creek on Rabbit Mountain and on the Southwest flank of Dad’s fire in the Reuben Creek drainage. Construction and preparation of indirect and direct lines on west flank of Rabbit Mountain and Dad’s Creek will continue as will burnout operations as the weather allows.

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

For additional information visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3559/

LABRADOR

Location:  13 miles NW of Cave Junction

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
2,020
0
185
0

 

Evacuations/Closures: 

·         Additional road and trail closures are in place.

·         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:  A Type 3 team has assumed command of this incident.

Contact:  541-864-9282, labradorfire13@gmail.com                       

For additional information visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/

WHISKEY COMPLEX

Location:  6 miles east of Tiller, OR

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
10,600
134
911
40

 

Evacuations/Closures:

·         The Level 3 evacuation order for Ash Valley was reduced to Level 2 (advisory)

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

·         Campground Closures:  Skillet Camp Comfort Cover Camp, South Umpqua Falls, South Umpqua Day Use Area, Ash Flat, Whiskey Camp, Butler Butte.

Significant Events: Three fires make up the Whiskey Complex: Smith Ridge, Buckeye and Whiskey. Firefighters continue the construction of indirect containment lines for future burnout and holding operations on the Whiskey fire. The Smith Ridge and Buckeye fires are in mop up and patrol status. Residents in the Ash Valley area should remain prepared to leave if conditions change.  Smoke has been hampering aviation support and general vehicle traffic in the area.  Steep inaccessible terrain has made direct attack difficult. Progress is being made with mop up on areas of the fire with burned out direct containment lines.  

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

For additional information: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3562/

Help Prevent Wildfires in SW Oregon

 

SW Oregon Thunderstorms Keep Firefighters on Alert

Oregon Dept. of Forestry firefighters in Jackson and Josephine counties tackled a handful of lightning-caused wildfires on Thursday -- five in Jackson County and one in Josephine County.

The largest was a 1-acre fire in the Hafer Flat area, 3 miles east of Butte Falls. The rest included:
  • A tenth-acre fire near Blue Goose Spring, located 5 miles east of Lost Creek Reservoir;
  • A quarter-acre fire on Willits Ridge, located near Persist, 5 miles west of Prospect;
  • A half-acre fire on Fawn Butte, located 1 mile west of Flounce Rock, which is near the north end of Lost Creek Reservoir;
  • A tenth-acre fire in the lower part of the Foots Creek Drainage, nearly 3 miles southeast of the city of Rogue River.
Medford Unit engine crews also extinguished two small fires near Flood Rock, near the community of Trail. The causes of these fires are under investigation.

The only lightning-caused fire on ODF-protected lands in Josephine County was a small grass fire near the airstrip at the Illinois Valley Airport.

The fire danger level on all forestlands in southwest Oregon remains extreme, and thunderstorms are expected across the region today.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Helicopter Activity Over Brimstone

Several people have called today inquiring about the sudden increase in helicopter activity over the Brimstone Fire today. The helicopters are flying because this is the first reasonably clear day they've had to fly in quite a while, and there is a stubborn hot spot in the northwest corner of the fire. The crews working on the Brimstone Fire haven't gone in there to put out the hot spot because that part of the fire is too steep and too dangerous to work in. Now that the helicopters can fly and see where they're going, they're dropping many buckets of water onto the hot spot.

There are five 20-person crews, 11 engines, four water tenders and a bulldozer assigned to the Brimstone Fire during the day. At night, two engines patrol the area. Their mission is to ensure the fire remains contained and to extinguish hot spots inside the fire line.

The fire remains at 2,372 acres.

Labrador Fire and Whisky Complex Updates


Steep terrain, limited access and dry fuels continue to make control efforts difficult on the four remaining uncontained fires in the Southwest Oregon area. The use of aircraft has been limited by poor visibility due to the smoke inversion impacting the region.  As the inversion lifted Wednesday afternoon fire activity increased. Firefighters have been progressing with line construction on each incident. Thunderstorms moved through the area igniting new starts which are being staffed by local resources and supplemented with aircraft, engines and crews from the large fires burning in the area. As of August 7th there are currently no Level 3 evacuations on any of the incidents.

Southwest Oregon remains in a Red Flag warning due to the threat of lightning until 11 pm August 9th. Moisture may increase late today as storms become wetter although not all areas will receive rain. This weather system is expected to remain over the area into Saturday.

While 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 Medford Rogues baseball team will be holding a benefit game for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation tonight at Harry and David Field in Medford. Proceeds of the game benefit Wildland Firefighter Foundation in supporting the wildand firefighting community and their families.

The following is consolidated information for each of the major fires burning in Douglas and Josephine Counties: (Note: Summaries for the Big Windy Complex and the Douglas Complex are provided as separate articles on today's blog entries.)

Total SW OR Fires
Total Acres
Total Personnel
4
67,550
5,630


LABRADOR

Location:  13 miles NW of Cave Junction

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
2,020
0
185
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 completed all planned contingency lines.  Firefighters are suppressing isolated pockets of creeping fire. Aviation resources will engage in suppression as smoke clears to identify outstanding hotspots along the edge of the fire. Resources from the fire assisted with initial attack as lightning caused new ignitions in the area. A  Type 3 team has assumed command of this incident.

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

Public Meeting:  August 8th, 7 pm, Josephine County Building, Cave Junction, OR

For additional information visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/

WHISKEY COMPLEX

Location:  6 miles east of Tiller, OR

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
10,466
2,129
931
35

 

Evacuations/Closures:

·         The Level 3 evacuation order for Ash Valley was reduced to Level 2 (advisory)

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

·         Campground Closures:  Skillet Camp Comfort Cover Camp, South Umpqua Falls, South Umpqua Day Use Area, Ash Flat, Whiskey Camp, Butler Butte.

Significant Events: Three fires make up the Whiskey Complex: Smith Ridge, Buckeye and Whiskey. Firefighters are making secure containment lines for burning and holding operations on the Whiskey fire. The Smith Ridge and Buckeye fires are in mop up and are in patrol status. Residents in the Ash Valley area should remain prepared to leave if conditions change.  Smoke hampered aviation use Wednesday but as the weather and smoke allows air resources are being used for reconnaissance and bucket work. A spot fire on the south flank successfully lined. Steep inaccessible terrain has made direct attack difficult. Burnout operations will continue Thursday. Aircraft from the Whiskey Complex were involved in detecting nine fires along the crest of the Cascades at the eastern edge of the Tiller Ranger District; they also took action on 11 new fires on neighboring districts, including two on land protected by Douglas Fire Protective Association.

The Whiskey Complex fire camp was visited by two Bernese Mountain therapy dogs and one Belgian Malinoise therapy dog on Wednesday. Firefighters were observed lining up to pet the dogs and take their pictures.

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

For additional information: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3562/

Big Windy Complex Update


Big Windy Complex Overview:
  • Acres: 14,085
  • % Contained: 5% (Estimated Containment Date: 09/01/2013)
  • Total Personnel: 1,339
Note: The three fires of the Big Windy Complex grew together on August 6
Highlights:
  • A community meeting will be held at the Galice Community Hall at 4:00 p.m. this evening. A Level 1 Notice has been issued for the area of Galice Access Road, see below.
  • The formation of smoke columns is possible with potential increased fire activity associated with clear skies.
  • A red flag warning for thunderstorms with dry lightning will continue through the evening, thunderstorms to beginning around 2-3 p.m. with possible 30 percent chance of rain. As we move into this evening and Friday, the thunderstorms have potential to drop brief, yet heavy rainfall.
  • With the clearing of smoke and good visibility after days of smoky skies, the air group is more than ready to assist with ground operations today.   Two heavy helicopters, and two light helicopters will provide water bucket support on the N, W and E flanks of the fire. One fixed wing air attack plane will provide reconnaissance over the fire area.
  • Firefighters continue making good progress on the north flank building containment lines; approximately two more days work to finish this area. Containment line on the NE is progressing. Operations, weather and fire behavior specialists from the Big Windy Complex are coordinating closely with their counterparts from the Rabbit Mt and Dad’s Creek Fires to make firefighting operations as safe and efficient as possible.
  • Work on the western ridge continues slowly with equipment building dozer line in tough terrain.
  • Firing operations were successfully completed on the south flank along Bear Camp Road. Crews are following behind the burnout operations with mop up to cool the burned areas. Firefighters continue to work on burnout operations, as weather conditions allow, along the SE and E flanks in an effort to connect line from Peavine Road to the river. Extremely steep slopes, oak litter and rocky conditions are creating challenges.  Crews are working diligently to hold and secure lines where burnout operations have been completed.
Operations Summary:
  • Ground Operations: Firefighters have made excellent progress with containment lines in all divisions, and continue looking for opportunities for secondary contingency lines on the east side of the fire and north of the Rogue River. Burnout is continuing in the SE corner.  No spots associated with burnout, and this area remains critical to hold. Crews will continue burning today and moving in a northerly direction. Clean air may be a catalyst for increased fire behavior and crews are on alert to watch for fire getting established below them.  Burning conditions are good for crews achieving their objectives for the day; along with this comes a greater potential for spotting across the fire lines.
  • At the Black Bar Lodge, crews will continue firing operations to create a blackened area around the lodge to help protect it.  At Zane Grey’s cabin, crews are ready to begin burnout operations. Firefighters remain north of the Rogue River in the Horseshoe Bend area to watch for spotting.  Crews and heavy equipment operators continue to work with Rural Metro Fire Department to improve fire line and roads, scout for contingency control lines and prep for burnout operations for the community of Galice.  Preparations have been completed in the Meadow Creek area. Coordination with all agencies and partners continue.
FIRE FACTS: 
Closures in Place:
  • The Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) is officially closed with closure orders and maps issued by the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management/Grants Pass Interagency Office and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest/Gold Beach Ranger District. See websites above for additional information. The National Guard is providing staffing at all road closure checkpoints.
  • Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 2300 to the junction with Forest Road 3300.
  • Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.
  • The BLM portion of the Wild Section of the Rogue River is closed from Grave Creek to Mule Creek due to extreme fire conditions and public health and safety issues.
Evacuations: A level 2 (level 2 means be prepared to leave if asked by a law enforcement or fire official)evacuation notice  is in place starting at the Marial Lodge and following the Rogue River east to Grave Creek, then north and west on the Marial Byway back to the Marial Lodge.

A Level 1 Notice has been issued for the area of Galice Access Road, including the Galice Access Rd - north to the Graves Creek Bridge along Galice Road. Level 1 means persons are alerted that current or projected threats from hazards associated with the approaching fires may be severe. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property, and possibly pets and livestock.

Big Windy Complex: Consists of the Big Windy (Josephine County), Calvert Peak and Jenny Fires (Curry County)..  Located on Medford District Bureau of Land Management lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, Started: July 26, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.  Cause: Lightning Location: Approximately 8 miles NW of Galice.
VALUES AT RISK: Boaters and campers on the Rogue River, Wild and Scenic River below Grave Creek, economic considerations associated with recreation, Black Bar Lodge (18 structures), Zane Grey Historical Cabin, Marial Lodge, Rogue River Ranch, cultural resources, threatened & endangered species habitat, late successional reserves, fisheries and wildlife.
WEATHER: E-NE winds today gusts to 30-35 MPH during thunderstorms, RH 30 – 40%, maximum temperatures 68-70 on the ridges and 78-83 degrees in the valleys. There is a red flag warning in effect for thunderstorms with dry lightning transitioning into wet thunderstorms throughout the day and into the evening. If thunderstorms occur, winds gusts up to 35 MPH may complicate firefighting efforts in some locations.

FIRE BEHAVIOR: Fire activity may increase with clear and unstable air. Short crown runs are still possible. If wind gusts develop due to thunderstorms, expect rapid increases in flame lengths, rate of spread, and possible crown fire.  If increased gusting winds occur, spotting distance may be as far as .7 miles.
RESOURCES ASSIGNED:  8 Type 1 hotshot crews, 27 Type 2 hand crews, 2 heavy helicopters, 2 light helicopters, 48 engines, 16 dozers and 16 water tenders, 3 camp crews and 123 National Guard members. Total personnel assigned is 1,339.

SAFETY CONCERNS: Steep and unforgiving terrain, mixing of fire and public traffic (particularly on one-lane roads), variable and unpredictable winds in the river corridor, ticks, bee stings, hazard trees, poison oak, poor air quality, aviation operations, extreme fire behavior, railroad crossings, black bears and cougars.  Safety trends include bee stings, and knee and ankle injuries.

COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Oregon Department of Forestry, Medford District Bureau of Land Management, Josephine County, Curry County, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Jackson County, Rural Metro Fire Department.

Douglas Complex Holds at 42,651 Acres

Current Situation:  The Douglas Complex currently consists of Rabbit Mountain, Dad’s Creek, and Farmer’s fires. Overall the primary focus is to strengthen control lines on the Rabbit Mountain and Dad’s Creek fires.  Crews from the Douglas Complex fire assisted Douglas Forest Protective Assn. firefighters control a ¼ acre fire ignited by lightning in the McCullough Creek area.

Rabbit Mountain – 21,598 acres 
Most of the fire has not grown from the established control line except for the southwestern corner which continues to expand.  Operations to stop this southwest advance of the fire include construction of fireline supported by hose lays and water drops from helicopters.

Dad’s Creek – 20,794 acres
The south end of the fire continues to burn near Grave Creek where fireline is nearing completion.  Containment lines in the Dry Creek and Poorman Creek areas continue to be strengthened to secure homes.  Crews worked to tie lines together on the west side on the fire. 

Weather: 
A Red Flag warning was issued for the fire and surrounding area due to the chance of lighting that will last through 11:00 pm Friday, August 9th.  This morning over the fire will be mostly clear with clouds and potential lightning forming about 3:00 pm.  These lightning storms are predicted to bring rain. 

Evacuations and Closures: 
  • Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed except for residendents.  The National Guard will be conducting traffic control the road blocks and not interfere with firefighters working in the area. 
  • The Level 2 evacuation for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Ruben Road in Douglas County and Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County.  The area from the community of Wolf Creek to Watertank Gulch is 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.  Values at risk include homes, commercial timberland, and critical wildlife habitat.  There are no reports of homes burned.  Seven minor injuries have been reported.  Two outbuildings have burned.  

Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased prevention restrictions for both industry and the public. Check www.dfpa.net before commencing your activities.
Fire Statistics:
  • Location:  7 miles north of Glendale, OR
  • Percent Contained: 28%              
  • Complex Size:  42,651 acres
  • Cause:  Lightning
  • Start Date: 7/26/13
  • Total Personnel: 3,148
  • Resources Include: 88 Type 2 hand crews, 4 Type1 hand crews, 111 engines, 28 dozers, 45 water tenders, and overhead personnel, and National Guard resources
  • Air Resources:  10 Type 1 helicopters, 7 Type 2 helicopters, and 5 Type 3 helicopters

ODF Southwest Oregon District Lightning Fire Update

The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District tallied 19 fires from Tuesday's thunderstorms. One 3-acre fire was in Josephine County near Williams. The rest were in Jackson County, scattered from Butte Falls to Prospect, and in the Elk Creek drainage. The largest was a 4-acre fire near Cobleigh Rd, a few miles northwest of Butte Falls. Most of the fires were smaller than one-quarter acre, and are either lined and mopped up or contained.

A new series of lighting maps have been posted on the district's SWO Fire Data page. A link is also in the SWO Wildfire Websites section on the upper right side of this page.

More thunderstorms are expected in Jackson and Josephine counties today.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Thirteen Lightning Fires Found on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest


Fire crews are currently responding to 13 new fires on the Rogue River-SiskiyouNational Forest that were sparked by last night’s lightning storm. As of noon today, 12 fires were reported on the High Cascade Ranger District and one on the Wild Rivers Ranger District.
 
The U.S. Forest Service anticipated this storm and positioned people and engines to respond to reported smokes. Some areas of the Forest are receiving light rain, which is assisting with fire suppression efforts. A detection flight is also planned later today when heavy clouds lift.
 
A Red Flag warning for thunderstorms producing abundant lightning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is in effect through midnight on Thursday.
 
Fire danger throughout southwest Oregon remains extreme. Fire officials ask the public to be familiar with current public use restrictions.

Noon Update: Jackson County Lightning Fires

Oregon Dept. of Forestry Medford Unit firefighters found 16 lightning-caused fires in the northeastern quadrant of Jackson county. The largest fire is the 4-acre Rocky Flat Fire, located near Cobleigh Rd northwest of Butte Falls. The rest of the fires have been kept at three-quarters of an acre or smaller.

The smoke has thinned considerably allowing ODF to use more helicopters and an airplane. This also has improved visibility for fire lookouts on the east side of the county.

In Josephine County, thick smoke has made fire detection difficult, but no new lightning-caused fires have been reported on ODF-protected lands.

Southwest Oregon Wildfire Update

Steep terrain, limited access and dry fuels continue to make control efforts difficult on the four uncontained fires in the Southwest Oregon area. The use of aircraft has been limited by poor visibility due to the smoke inversion impacting the region.  Firefighters have been progressing with line construction on each incident. Large fire acreage increases are mainly due to burn out operations to strengthen fire line.  Thunderstorms in the area have produced new starts which are being initial attacked by local resources.

Southwest Oregon remains in a Red Flag warning until 11 pm this evening. The change in the weather has brought isolated thunderstorms to the area.  Scattered thunderstorms will continue this afternoon and evening and into Thursday. Moisture may increase late today as storms become wetter. This weather system is expected to remain over the area into Saturday.

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 Medford Rogues baseball team will be holding a benefit game for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation on Thursday August, 8th at Harry and David Field in Medford. Proceeds of the game benefit Wildland Firefighter Foundation in supporting the wildand firefighting community and their families. Please see the attached flyer for details.

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

Total # Fires
Total Acres
Total Personnel
4
65,031
5,644

 

BIG WINDY COMPLEX

Location:  25 miles NW of Grants Pass

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
12,631
1,790
1,311
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. 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.

Significant Events: Fire behavior Tuesday was moderate and excellent progress was made with containment lines on all divisions. Crews and heavy equipment operators worked with Rural Metro Fire Department to improve fire line and roads, scout for contingency control lines and prep for burnout operations for the community of Galice. Steep terrain, extremely dry fuels and difficult access make control efforts difficult. Firefighters continue to monitor the fires progression along the Rogue River. Air support is hampered by limited visibility due to persistent inversion and smoky conditions.

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

 For additional information visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3570/


DOUGLAS COMPLEX

Location:  7 miles north of Glendale, OR

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
40,135
1,174
3,167
17

 

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.

·         Thirty homes in the Poorman Creek, Lower Graves Creek Road, Graves Creek Road and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County remain evacuated.

·         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 Creek fires increased in size. Reduced humidity recovery along ridges and upper slopes caused active fire behavior through the evening. Crews work to build containment lines in Riffle and Bonnie Creek. Construction and preparation of indirect and direct lines on west flank of Rabbit Mountain and Dad’s Creek will continue as will burnout operations as the weather allows. Firefighters continue mopping up of the Farmers Gulch fire. An additional fire camp has been established in Riddle in support of the Douglas Complex.

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

Pubic Meeting: August 7th, 6:30 pm, Wolf Creek County Park.  If it is raining the meeting will be moved to the Wolf Creek Community Center.

For additional information visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3559/


LABRADOR

Location:  13 miles NW of Cave Junction

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
2,020
0
366
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 completed all planned contingency lines.  Firefighters are suppressing isolated pockets of creeping fire. Aviation resources will engage in suppression as smoke clears to identify outstanding hotspots along the edge of the fire. Transfer of command to a local Type 3 team is slated for August 8th.

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

Public Meeting:  August 8th, 7 pm, Josephine County Building, Cave Junction, OR

For additional information visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/

WHISKEY COMPLEX

Location:  6 miles east of Tiller, OR

Acres
Size Change in 24 Hours (Acres)
Total Personnel
% Contained
10,245
1,905
927
30

 

Evacuations/Closures:

·         The Level 3 evacuation order for Ash Valley was reduced to Level 2 (advisory)

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

·         Campground Closures:  Skillet Camp Comfort Cover Camp, South Umpqua Falls, South Umpqua Day Use Area, Ash Flat, Whiskey Camp, Butler Butte.

Significant Events: Three fires make up the Whiskey Complex: Smith Ridge, Buckeye and Whiskey. Firefighters are making secure containment lines for burning and holding operations on the Whiskey fire. The Smith Ridge and Buckeye fires are in mop up and are in patrol status. Residents in the Ash Valley area should remain prepared to leave in conditions change. Fire activity increased Tuesday afternoon increasing the fires acreage. Smoke hampered aviation use Tuesday. Steep inaccessible terrain has made direct attack difficult. Burnout operations will continue Wednesday.

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

For additional information: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3562/