Whiskey Complex Update
September 4, 2013
The Southern Cascades Type 3 Incident Management Team
John Poet, Incident Commander
Fire Information Center: 541-839-3099
While there has been great progress on the Whiskey Complex road and area closures are still in effect due to unpredictable falling snags, smoke, and pockets of fire within the perimeter of the fire line.
Today the Whiskey Complex Fires will begin to move from suppression to fire suppression repair work (damage directly caused by fire containment activity). Crews working on the Buckeye Fire have gridded and used infra-red cameras to expose and extinguish hot spots within 300 feet of the fire line. The suppression resources will be in patrol status on the perimeter of the Buckeye Fire while others will be moved to the Whiskey Fire to help complete the mop up objectives.
On the Whiskey Fire engine crews are gridding and patrolling on the North as fallers continuing snagging work along the west side. At the South East end of the fire three hand crews are working together mopping up well within the interior of the fire and gridding for hot spots and using palm infrared cameras to discover hot spots not visible to the naked eye.
Local Tiller Ranger District crews and engines continue to help with work on both the Buckeye and the Whiskey, but are also available for initial attack on the district.
Though the weather has been mild over the past few days there is an increased chance in precipitation with an upper level low off the coast. Showers are expected in the fire area Wednesday with the probability peaking by Thursday. Temperatures will remain in the low 80s with winds out of the West North West 3 to 6 mph with gusts up to 12 mph and a chance of thunderstorms are predicted, but are expected to be followed by showers keeping the potential for large fire growth to a minimum.
The safety officer mentioned lightning safety today and wants everybody to remember to stay away from ridge tops and tall trees during thunderstorms. He also reminded to crews to disengage if weather becomes hazardous and return to their vehicles for safety.
Fire at a Glance
Total size: 17,891
Smith Ridge: 23
Water-Tenders: 5 Misc. Equipment: 2 Helicopters: 1 Type 3 Light
Location: Douglas County, 6 Mi. east of Tiller, OR