Fire Update for Umpqua National Forest

ROSEBURG, OR – August 8, 2013 – Wildland firefighters responded on Thursday to six confirmed fires on the Umpqua National Forest. Fifteen reported smokes were called in from the 21 lighting strikes shown from an earlier storm.

One fire is on the Dread and Terror Ridge about five miles northwest of Lemolo Lake. Smoke jumpers, rapellers and an engine crew constructed a line around the fire, keeping it to a half-acre. Two other fires are near Maidu Lake in the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness with firefighters hiking in today.

Fire resources from the Tiller Ranger District and Whiskey Complex responded to three fires on the Tiller District. Rapellers took action on one fire sized at 0.2 acres in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness near Weaver Ridge. A fire engine responded to another 0.2-acre fire in the Jackson Creek drainage near Falcon Creek.

National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for the Umpqua National Forest through Friday night because of predicted thunderstorms.

Although the recent cooler temperatures moderated fire growth, people recreating or doing business on the Umpqua National Forest are reminded that fire danger remains high, with an Industrial Fire Precaution Level III and personal-use restrictions in place. Information about the restrictions available at www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua.

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 Whiskey Complex Daily Update, Thursday 8, August 2013

 Dozers and crews worked through the day on Wednesday toward containing Tuesday’s 250-acre slopover on the south side of the Whiskey Fire. A little more work is needed today to complete the task. Otherwise, the fire remains within the perimeter of fire breaks that firefighters have been building around it.

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.

Overall, the fires in the Whiskey Complex calmed down considerably on Wednesday. Temperatures were down and humidity was up, resulting in damper fine fuels that will no longer burn easily. Firefighters had extensive plans to improve lines by burning out the nearby fuels on Wednesday, but the fuels would not carry the fire. Light rain was falling on the south side of the Whiskey Fire on Wednesday evening.

The Smith Ridge Fire is fully contained, but still has some hot spots remaining. Since crews aren’t able to continue with their burnout operations, some will be assigned to mopping up the remaining Smith Ridge hot spots.

The Buckeye Fire is also fully contained, and crews are working at mopping up hotspots within 100 feet of the outer edge.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Whiskey Complex through Friday night because of predicted thunderstorms. The Weather Service predicts a 40% chance of thunderstorms on Thursday, and a 30% chance on Friday. Any storms are expected to be accompanied by rain, but crews and aircraft will be prepared to take action on any new starts.  .

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.


Total Size:  10,466 Acres
Whiskey –  8757 ac
Buckeye –  1682 ac
Smith Ridge – 27 ac  (Contained)
Containment: 35%
Personnel: 931

Air Resources:
5 Type 1 Heavy helicopters
1 Type 2 Medium helicopter
2 Type 3 Light helicopters
1 fixed wing air attack aircraft

Location:  6 mi east of Tiller, OR.
Cause: Lightning 7-26-13

Closures: http://tinyurl.com/k6wa3xy or www.inciweb.org/incident/3562

Fire Information Number: 541-839-3099

For more information: www.inciweb.org/incident/3562

Blogwebsite for Whiskey Complex: www.whiskeycomplex.wordpress.com

Smoke information: http://www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/



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