Whiskey Complex Fire Update
Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3,
Incident Commander: Doug Johnson
August 23, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
The Umpqua National Forest has revised the Forest Order near the Whiskey Complex by reopening the South Umpqua Road (Forest Road 28), FR 68 and parts of FR 29 that access South Umpqua Falls Day Use Area, Camp Comfort and Skookum Pond.
Overnight rains wet the fire area and delayed opportunities for additional burn out yesterday morning. Efforts were concentrated on the eastern and southeastern portions of the Whiskey Fire to advance mop up and rehabilitation operations. Slash reduction and other suppression rehabilitation requirements were completed on the eastern flank and good progress was made on mop up along the southeastern perimeter. Mid-morning clearing skies and drying winds were improving conditions for possible burn outs; however, heavy showers and gusty winds returned to the fire area in late afternoon. Rain amounts ranging from two tenths to six tenths of an inch were received. Timely storms alerts allowed firefighters to implement necessary safety precautions.
The rain and approaching cooler weather promise to keep fire behavior at a low level through the weekend. Most portions of the Whiskey Fire are already in patrol status. The goal is now to complete as much remaining mop up and suppression rehabilitation as possible on the southeast corner. Hand-held heat sensing instruments will assist in locating any remaining hot spots to further secure the perimeter.
No serious injuries have occurred on the incident and fire managers are emphasizing safety as suppression objectives are met and the mission shifts to fire rehabilitation and recovery such as Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER). Oregon Interagency Incident Management 3 is actively identifying resources excess to the needs of the Whisky Complex and releasing them to be available on other incidents.
Southern Cascades Type 3 Interagency Incident Management Team is arriving on Saturday to be briefed for assuming command of the Whiskey Complex on Sunday at 6:00 a.m.
FIRE AT A GLANCE
Total Size: 17,891
Smith Ridge: 23
Complex Containment: 85%
Whiskey Fire 85%
Smith Ridge 100%
Crews: 6 (1Hotshot)
Water Tenders: 11
1 Type I Heavy
1 Type 3 Light
Location: Douglas County
6 mi. east of Tiller, OR
Cause: Lightning – 7/26/13
Closure Information: tinyurl.com/k6wa3xy or inciweb.org/incident/3562
Fire Blog: www.whiskeycomplex.wordpress.com
UPDATE: THE UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST
Public Use Restrictions Remain in Effect for Umpqua National Forest
ROSEBURG, OR – August 23, 2013 – The Umpqua National Forest received between 0.5 to 2.5 inches of rain in the last 24 hours with more rain falling on the northern half of the forest.
The Pickett Butte Lookout reported four smokes in the Collins Ridge area late Thursday. Crews will continue responding to the reported smokes on Friday. Fire managers continue to work with the Whiskey Complex on the Tiller Ranger District, where an area closure around the fire is still in effect.
Despite the rain and more moderate daytime temperatures, fuel conditions across the Umpqua National Forest remain dry.
Hunters, woodcutters and other forest visitors are reminded that public use restrictions pertaining to campfires, smoking, chainsaw use, and the use of other internal combustion engines such as generators, remain in effect on lands managed by the Umpqua National Forest.
Visitors may build, maintain, attend, or use a fire on the Umpqua National Forest in designated recreation sites in approved fire rings, fireplaces or stoves at those sites. Commercial stoves fired by liquid fuel or propane are permitted.
Smoking is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is void of all flammable material, including vegetation.
A motorized vehicle (this includes all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, cars, pickups, etc.) may only be operated on roads where vegetation does not come into contact with the vehicle’s undercarriage.
Internal combustion engines (generators, etc.) may only be operated within designated campgrounds/areas.
No welding equipment may be used, including acetylene or open flame torches.
For detailed information of the public use restrictions go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua or call or visit any Umpqua National Forest office.
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Public Affairs Officer
Umpqua National Forest Supervisor’s Office
2900 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg OR 97471
Phone: (541) 957-3270 Cell: (541) 430-5124
Our apologies this post is late. Technical Difficulties.
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