Whiskey Complex Update
August 27, 2013
The Southern Cascades Type 3 Incident Management Team
John Poet, Incident Commander
Fire Information Center: 541-839-3099
Incident Commander John Poet urged his firefighters to “assume nothing” and approach the day as if it were their first day on this month-old fire. As the land and forest fuels dry out after recent rains, conditions are rapidly changing. Heat has held well in the southeastern portion of the Whiskey Fire, and crews there are still engaged in fire suppression activity within the lines. In areas where mop-up is needed, green trees with just a little sign of fire near their base are suddenly dropping with no notice. Crews were asked to post lookouts to possibly give advance notice of falling trees, and to stay out of areas that are clearly unsafe. Unburned islands of forest fuel that seemed perfectly harmless under wet conditions two days ago are now potential sources of showers of sparks as the drenched fire not so slowly dries out.
The chipping operation on the Buckeye Fire is coming to an end, but the cutting of hazard trees and mopping up is still underway. Steep ground, rolling debris, and falling trees are hazards that need to be continually assessed and addressed as work progresses. Logs that in the past have been used to support parts of the road grade in areas near the Buckeye Fire have been burning slowly below the surface, and District employees will be evaluating the integrity of the road profiles today for possible future repair.
In addition to dealing with some hot areas on the Whiskey Fire, firefighters will be overseeing excavators and self-loading log trucks around the perimeter of the fire. Trees that were cut in the process of creating fire breaks are in some cases interfering with road safety, water drainage, or with the chipping operations and are therefore being moved to safer locations.
Nearby residents are reminded that heavy traffic continues to enter and exit from the Milo Academy covered bridge.
Fire at a Glance
Total size: 17,891
Smith Ridge: 23
Water-Tenders: 4 Misc. Equipment: 7 Helicopters: 1 Type 3 Light
Location: Douglas County, 6 Mi. east of Tiller, OR
Whiskey Complex Website: inciweb.org/incident/3562