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Fire Update for Umpqua National Forest

Roseburg, OR — Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – An escaped campfire was suppressed one mile east of East Crater Snow Park on the boundary of Crater Lake National Park. Umpqua National Forest officials are reminding visitors that public-use restrictions are in effect.

Aerial and ground detection efforts will continue today as crews continue to seek out holdover fires from last week’s lightning event.

When using national forest roads, please be careful and watch for holdover lightning fires as well as fire traffic. Campfires are allowed in established fire rings in designated campgrounds. Use of cooking with propane is strongly encouraged.  A list of designated campgrounds is available at www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua under fire information.

For information on the Whiskey Complex Fire, visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3562/ or https://whiskeycomplex.wordpress.com/. A public meeting regarding the Whiskey Complex is scheduled at 6 p.m. tonight at the Tiller School.

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Public Info and Closure Map

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Operational Planning Map for Wednesday, 14 August

Whiskey Complex Fire Update

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3, Incident Commander: Doug Johnson

Special Information:

Tonight at 6:00 pm there will be a public meeting at the Tiller Elementary School.  Topics will include an update on the Whiskey Complex fires, defensible space and fire preparedness.

Please be advised that access to the Umpqua National Forest from the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest via Forest Road 6620 (Abbott Prairie) is closed at the forest boundary.

 

General Information:

The second consecutive day of drying fuels led to slightly increased fire activity in the interior of the southeastern area of the Whiskey Fire on Tuesday.  This area remained a high priority for establishing and reinforcing containment lines.  Crews cautiously began burn out operations yesterday afternoon near Whisky Camp.  The goal of keeping the fire near the ground without undue damage to large trees was met, but production was necessarily modest to achieve those results.  Helicopters dropped fire retardant to strengthen containment lines throughout the day.  Mop up, patrol and fire line rehabilitation (constructing erosion-reducing water bars, closing or reconditioning roads, and scattering woody debris over suppression lines) continued on the remainder of the fire lines on all three fires.  Hazard reduction and cleanup work on Forest Road 28 (South Umpqua River  Highway) progressed as well.

Today’s focus will be on reinforcing containment lines on the east and southeast flanks of the Whiskey Fire.  The current warming and drying trend is anticipated through Thursday. Burn-out operations will resume today as conditions allow.  Alternate line locations are being evaluated that could reduce the fire’s final footprint and facilitate progress in the burn out.

Fire at a Glance

Total Size:                             11,471

                Whiskey:               9,766

                Buckeye:                1,683

                Smith Ridge:         23

 

Containment:                       55%

 

Personnel:                             558

 

Resources:

                Crews:                    11

                                  (3 Hotshot)

                Engines:                 16

                Dozers:                   4

                Water Tenders:    17

                Overhead:              187

        Air Resources:

                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

 

For Closure Information, visit

tinyurl.com/k6wa3xy or

inciweb.org/incident/3562

 

Other Informative Sites

whiskeycomplex.wordpress.com

oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Air resources were busy yesterday and anticipate a full slate of missions today.   Helicopter-delivered fire retardant along Forest Road 2900-600 is expected to conclude this afternoon.

Smith Ridge Fire is 100% contained and in patrol status.

Buckeye Fire is 100% contained and also in patrol status.

Whiskey Fire is now 55% contained and had a little growth inside the east and southeast perimeter.

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.

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