Whiskey Complex Update

September 10, 2013

The Southern Cascades Type 3 Incident Management Team

Cory Thompson, Incident Commander

Fire Information Center:  541-839-3099

Fire fighters are preparing for a very warm and dry pattern of weather starting today and going through Friday. Temperature could reach the mid 90’s with relative humidity as low as 13%. Winds will be light in the mornings turning gusty in the afternoons to 15 mph. This weather is a red flag for fire fighters to be heads up, the potential is very high for any new fires to grow rapidly or ones with large areas of unburned fuel within their perimeters to flare up and threaten containment lines.

Crews will focus their attention today along the perimeter of the Whiskey fire picking up hot spots, should they appear and threaten the containment lines. An initial attack group has been designated to respond to new fire starts should any be detected. Fire Suppression Repair work moved along very well Monday when a large self-propelled chipper the “Crambo 5000” joined the work force along with a small chipper, 3 excavators and a road grader. Chipping all the brush that was cut along the roads used as fire lines is a tremendous task requiring a large machine. The excavators are cleaning culvert inlets and outlets, moving felled snags from roadways and constructing water bars on fire lines and roads.

Below is an explanation of the last of the three phases of rehabilitation efforts following wildfires on federal lands, Long-term Recovery. The other phases are; Fire Suppression Repair and Burned Area Emergency Response. To gain a better understanding of what will be happening over the next few weeks, well into the fall and even next year, a brief explanation of each phase has been provided the past two days.

A Long Term Recovery plan may be developed for the Whiskey Complex as issues are identified. A Long-Term Recovery plan utilizes non-emergency actions that are done within three years or more after fire containment to improve fire-damaged lands that are unlikely to recover naturally and to repair or replace facilities damaged by the fire that are not critical to life safety. This phase may include restoring burned habitat, monitoring fire effects, replacing burned fences, interpreting cultural sites, treating pre-existing noxious weed infestations, and installing interpretive signs.

For public and fire fighter safety, road and area closures remain in effect. Closure orders are available on information boards or by calling fire information at    (541)-839-3099 or the Tiller Ranger District at (541) 825-3100.

Fire at a Glance

Total size:       17,891

Whiskey:  16,185
Buckeye:     1,683
Smith Ridge:  23              Smith Ridge declared out on 9/7/2013.

Containment:  100%

Personnel: 175

Crews: 3
Engines: 6
Water-Tenders: 4
Misc. Equipment: 4
Helicopters: 1 Type 3 Light

Location:     Douglas County, 6 Mi. east of Tiller, OR


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