Infrared imagery from a flight over the Whiskey Fire on Wednesday night revealed more heat within the lines than had been apparent from the visible smokes. Hidden hot spots are scattered throughout the fire area, hard to see because of the largely intact tree canopy. Mop-up operations will continue to focus in the upper portions of Beaver Creek, but firefighters will also be taking action on any hot spots close to the rest of the fire lines.
Hand-held infrared cameras are being used on the Buckeye Fire to ensure that all heat near the outer perimeter has been extinguished. Danger trees within the fire area are being evaluated today for possible removal to ensure public safety along FS Road 28.
Trees that have been removed as part of the firefighting effort or because of safety concerns have been set aside for possible future utilization in forest improvement projects or other uses.
The Tiller District Ranger, Donna Owens, reminded the firefighters at today’s morning briefing of some of the historic sites they are protecting. The Butler Butte site that is still wrapped with protective material as protection from potential fire spread was one of very few sites nationally that were part of America’s Aircraft Warning Service. The cabin was home for a couple whose job was to watch for approaching enemy aircraft during World War II. It is now used for a recreational rental by the District, and will be available as a rental again after the current fire danger ceases.
Fire Officials and the Umpqua National Forest have implemented a change in closures, resulting in the re-opening of Ash Flat Campground, South Umpqua Falls Campground, and Cover Campground. Access to the Cover Campground is hampered by closure of a segment of FS Road 29, but can be reached by a more circuitous route. Full closure information has been posted on the Whiskey Complex blog site and on Inciweb.
Fire at a Glance
Total size: 17,891
Smith Ridge: 23
Misc. Equipment: 5
Helicopters: 1 Type 3 Light
Location: Douglas County, 6 Mi. east of Tiller, OR
Inciweb, with closure information: inciweb.org/incident/3562