Thursday, June 11, 2015

Firefighters Respond to News Starts on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Firefighting crews and aerial resources continue to work on mop up efforts on several fires across the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, in addition to responding to new starts on the Gold Beach Ranger District. Weather will be continued hot and dry conditions over the weekend with a slight chance of thunderstorms and no precipitation in the forecast for the next week.

Gold Beach Ranger District

The “Tom Fry” Fire (#355), located two miles SW of Agness, is four acres in size. The retardant line held yesterday and firefighters have completed containment line. Steep, rugged, and remote terrain, coupled with heavy fuel loading, is impacting mop up efforts.

Fire #346 is located near Hog Mountain. The fire is 2 acres in size and firefighters have completed a line around it. Fire is in patrol status with one engine assigned. 

New Starts

#372 Miller Fire, called in this morning, is reported to be 3.5 acres in size. One Forest Service engine, patrol unit, and 20-person initial attack hand crew are responding, in addition to Coos Forest Protection Association resources. The fire is located near Elko Camp in the Hunter Creek area, is not threatening any structures, and is proximal to but not threatening South Coast Timber lands. 

The North Smith Fire near Packsaddle Mountain is currently two acres in size. It is located near the SW corner of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness boundary. Four helitack crew members (Lakeview), a Forest engine and a 20-person initial attack hand crew is assigned. 

Wild Rivers Ranger District

The Red Dog Fire located five miles SW of Onion Mountain on the Wild Rivers Ranger District, is 100% contained and mopped up. An assigned 20-person hand crew is pulling hose off the line today. After today, the fire will be in patrol status. 

Fire #367 (Little Onion) Fire is located two miles SE of Galice in Josephine County on the Wild Rivers Ranger District. The fire is currently four acres in size with a hand line completed around the perimeter of the fire. Assigned resources include the Rogue River Interagency Hotshot Crew, the Prineville Hotshots, 3 rappelers, and an 8-person hand crew. Challenges include rolling material and competition with other incidents on forest for helicopter water bucket support.

High Cascades Ranger District

Fire #362 (Cowboy Fire) is located one mile E of Robinson Butte on the High Cascade Ranger District. This fire is 1/10 of an acre in size and is contained, controlled and in patrol status.

For current recorded fire regulations, precautions, Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL), and closure information 24 hours a day, call 800-267-3126.

For additional fire and weather information, go to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou or the Medford Interagency Dispatch Center at http://ormic.org/ or follow us on Twitter @RRSNF.

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