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.
Direct any questions regarding the new closure area to the Whiskey Complex Fire Information Center at 541-839-3099 or the Tiller Ranger District at 541-825-3100.
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
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