Resources are still working to reinforce the perimeter of the Buckeye Fire. Smoke from hotspots well inside the containment line may still be visible as it drifts across Road 28 but the team is aware of this and it is not a major concern for impacting visibility or for fire growth. An infrared (IR) flight last night revealed more heat inside the fire perimeters than had been apparent from the visible smokes. While the fires are contained they still have a lot of heat in the interior and mop up will be an ongoing task.
As in all firefighting operations, public and fire fighter safety remains paramount. Fire managers for the Whiskey Complex are proud of a five-week operational period with no major injuries or accidents. Resources will continue to work toward safely meeting the objective of extinguishing all fire within 300 feet of the fire lines.
Trees impacted by the fires still continue to fall, potentially impacting roads and presenting a hazardous environment for the fire crews and the public. Closures will remain in effect.
Drive cautiously and expect fire traffic and large vehicles in and around the fire area this holiday weekend. In addition to fire traffic, there is an increase in recreational pedestrian and vehicle traffic outside of the closure areas.
The weather for Monday is expected to be slightly cooler and partly cloudy. As the week progresses the weather will become warmer.
The Incident Management team would like to wish a safe and enjoyable Labor Day to everybody working and recreating on the Umpqua National Forest and beyond. For more information about the Whiskey Complex, contact the Southern Cascades Type 3 Incident Management Team’s information information center at (541) 839-3099.
Fire at a Glance
Total size: 17,891
Smith Ridge: 23
Misc. Equipment: 2
Helicopters: 1 Type 3 Light
Location: Douglas County, 6 Mi. east of Tiller, OR
Whiskey Complex blog site and on http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3562/
A low-intensity burnout along Forest Road 2925 where objectives were met without burning all the undergrowth.
Typical burnout where all the undergrowth was effectively cleared out, widening the fireline.
A bulldozer created this break in the forest, which kept the fire from advancing. The trees on the left are blackened to about 3-4 feet high from the fire. One rule-of-thumb is to make firelines about two-and-a-half times the flame height.
Photos by Cheryl Caplan, Umpqua National Forest