Fire Update for Umpqua National Forest
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 – Umpqua National Forest firefighters responded to 4 reported smokes on Monday. No fires were confirmed. Two smokejumpers overnighted in the Pup Fire, now 100 percent contained, in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide.
Aerial and ground detection efforts will continue today as other new fire starts from last week’s lightning.
Visitors are reminded that public-use restrictions are in effect. Campfires are allowed in established fire rings in designated campgrounds. A list of designated campgrounds is available at www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua under fire information.
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The evacuation level of Ash Valley has been reduced to Level 1.
Fire activity picked up slightly in the southeastern area of the Whiskey Fire on Monday, as fuels continued to dry out, but there was no noticeable fire movement. Although much of this complex is contained, there is still a genuine need for vigilance in areas of unsecured line. The drying of damp fuels will provide an opportunity to burn out areas of the Whiskey Fire that have yet to be contained. Burn-out operations are expected to begin as early as today, and continue over the next few operational periods. Personnel remain aware of the possibility of new fire starts from Saturday’s lightning, and there are resources available to respond. There are eight miles of hose-lay and other equipment to back-haul from the Smith Ridge and Buckeye fires. Crews continue to fall snags, remove rocks, and clear debris in efforts to clean up and prepare the road to South Umpqua Falls for reentry by the public. Due to its proximity to the river, this task is exceedingly sensitive.
Air Operations had another productive day, providing fixed wing support to the forest, bucket drops on the Whiskey Fire, and aerial surveillance. Retardant was applied through aviation resources along the 600 Road in anticipation of burn-out operations.
Smith Ridge Fire is 100% contained and in patrol status.
Buckeye Fire is 95% contained and also in patrol status.
Whiskey Fire is now 50% contained and had a little growth inside the east and southeast perimeter. As fuels dry opportunities to burn out from prepared lines increases daily. The Forest Service 600 Road will be used as a holding line by crews when burn-out operations begin. The north, west and southwest edges are in mop-up, patrol and line reinforcement. Plans are in place to sling loads of equipment out of this area, back to the helibase.
For fire firefighter and public safety, the large area closure around the Whiskey Fire remains in effect; major roads in the area are closed. Please see the inciweb or Whiskey Complex blog for full information.
Fire at a Glance
Total Size: 11,260
Smith Ridge: 23
Crews: 11 (4 Hotshot)
Water Tenders: 20
2 Type I Heavy
1 Type 2 Medium
2 Type 3 Light
1 Fixed Wing
Location: Douglas County
6 mi. east of Tiller, OR
Cause: Lightning – 7/26/13
Other Informative Sites
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