photo: Josh Chapman, Biologist, Whiskey Fire, Division G, 19 August, 2013
Whiskey Complex Fire Update
Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3
Incident Commander: Doug Johnson
August 20, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
Fire Information Center: 541-839-3099
Inciweb Website: http://inciweb.org/incident/3562
South Umpqua River Highway, Forest Road 28, remains closed; however, work to prepare it for reopening is nearing completion.
Access to the Umpqua National Forest from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest via Forest Roads 6620 (Abbott Prairie), 6640 (Grey Rock), 68 (Abbott Creek), 6610 (Sugar Pine) and spur 800 are closed at the Forest boundary.
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 Inciweb or Whiskey Complex blog for full information.
Fire crews continued widening the containment lines around the Whiskey Fire on the southeastern and eastern perimeters. Despite the warmer temperatures, gusty winds and lower relative humidity, fuels were slow to ignite giving ground forces the ability to safely burn out where necessary. A swing shift is monitoring firing operations, taking action as necessary. Helicopters were not able to assist in burn out operations, near Fawn and Beaver Creek areas due to the heavy smoke concentrations.
Significant mop up operations will continue to widen remaining perimeters to keep the fire within containment lines.
Today crews will continue with the same assignments in anticipation of a weather system forecast for tonight. A fire weather watch, issued by the Medford weather office, is calling for abundant lightening and dry fuels. The system is expected to bring moisture to some areas. This weather system could test established fire lines
Crews are completing rehabilitation assignments of removing slash, installing waterbars (small diversion ditches) and back hauling excess equipment on the southwestern and western sides. The northern part of the fire is in patrol status.
Whiskey Fire is 72% contained.
Buckeye Fire is 100% contained and in patrol status.
Smith Ridge Fire is 100% contained and in patrol status.
FIRE AT A GLANCE
Total Size: 17,293
Smith Ridge: 23
Crews: 10 (3 Hotshot)
Water Tenders: 14
2 Type I Heavy
2 Type 3 Light
Location: Douglas County
6 mi. east of Tiller, OR
Cause: Lightning – 7/26/13
Fire Blog: whiskeycomplex.wordpress.com
Air Quality: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
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