Note: This will be the last daily update posted on this blog site. For daily updates, please visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3562/. At times, this blog will continue to post information about clean up and rehabilitation.
Whiskey Complex Information
Tiller Ranger District, Umpqua National Forest
The Southern Cascades Type 3 Incident Management Team, working
under the leadership of Incident Commander John Poet, would like to express their gratitude to the
local communities and residents for their patience and cooperation during fire suppression and
rehabilitation of the Whiskey Complex. We are aware that this type of incident can be wearisome for
the local people and recreationists. We appreciate all of your support and wish you a quick return
to normal conditions.
Responsibility for the Buckeye and Whiskey fires will be turned over to the Tiller Ranger District
beginning at 0600 on Monday, September 16, under the direction of Incident Commander Terri Brown.
Firefighting resources and objectives will remain the same for the short term, except for the
helicopter, which finished work on September 15. Emphasis will continue to be placed on monitoring,
suppression of hot spots and repair of fire suppression damage. A gradual transition to autumn
weather is predicted, with a cooling trend and occasional showers.
Local residents and recreationists need to be aware that the interior of the Whiskey Complex fire
area will be hazardous for quite a while after the fire fighters are finished with their work. The
fire has weakened some trees, and even those that appear to still be alive could have damaged root
systems that are too weak to support the tree. Rocks may also have been loosened by the fire and
could roll down slopes unexpectedly. Repair work is focused on areas that were disturbed by fire
fighters during fire suppression activities, including felling danger trees along roads that will
eventually be opened to the public. However, interior areas will still be hazardous even after the
smoke is gone.
The Area and Road Closure (06-15-02-13-307) is expected to remain in place until the District
determines that it is no longer necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and
firefighting resources. Additional fire information is available by calling the Tiller Ranger
District at 541-825-3100.
Fire at a Glance
Total size: 17,891
Smith Ridge: 23, Smith Ridge declared out on 9/7/2013.
Misc. Equipment: 8
Location: Douglas County, 6 Mi. east of Tiller, OR