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Forest Fire Update for August 10th, 2013

Firefighter at Douglas ComplexWhiskey Complex:

Total Size: 10,656 Acres
Whiskey – 8,946 ac
Buckeye – 1,683 ac
Smith Ridge – 27 ac (Contained)

Containment: 40%
Personnel: 911

Friday’s Red Flag warning has been extended into Saturday because of the continued threat of thunderstorms. Any storms are expected to be accompanied by rain, but lightning can easily ignite fires nonetheless.

For public and firefighter safety, a large area closure around the Whiskey Fire remains in effect; major Forest Roads in the area are also closed. Please see Inciweb or the Whiskey Complex blog for full information.

Closures:

For closure information, please see http://tinyurl.com/k6wa3xy or www.inciweb.org/incident/3562

Big Windy Complex:

Acres: 15,238
Containment: 10%
Personnel: 1,214

Fire officials say late Friday afternoon, firefighters did an excellent job with a medical evacuation needed for a firefighter who suffered from a heart condition. The firefighter is in the hospital and is in stable condition.

The red flag warning issued earlier has been cancelled due to wetting rains received in the area. Isolated thunderstorms will linger in the area today (Saturday), particularly in early afternoon.

Evacuations:

A Level 2 (Level 2 means be prepared to leave if asked by a law enforcement or fire official) evacuation notice is in place starting at the Marial Lodge and following the Rogue River east to Grave Creek, then north and west on the Marial Byway back to the Marial Lodge.

A Level 1 Notice has been issued for the area of Galice Access Road, including the Galice Access Rd – north to the Graves Creek Bridge along Galice Road. Level 1 means persons are alerted that current or projected threats from hazards associated with the approaching fires may be severe. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property, and possibly pets and livestock.

Closures in Place:

The Bear Camp Road

Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 2300 to the junction with Forest Road 3300.

Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.

The BLM portion of the Wild Section of the Rogue River is closed from Grave Creek to Mule Creek due to extreme fire conditions and public health and safety issues.

Douglas Complex:

Current Situation: The Douglas Complex currently consists of Rabbit Mountain, Dad’s Creek, and Farmer’s fires. Firefighters will work to take advantage of the rainfall and higher humidity from Friday. Fire behavior was less active during the peak burn period and overnight due to the rainfall.

Rabbit Mountain – 22,776 acres
Dad’s Creek – 21,417 acres

The southwest end of the fire continues to burn near the rugged areas of Reuben Creek where fireline is being constructed. Crews will be taking advantage of less active fire behavior to reinforce firelines in these areas. Containment lines in the Rattlesnake Creek, Dry Creek and Poorman Creek areas continue to be strengthened to secure homes.

Weather: A wetting rain fell over portions of the fire late Friday afternoon and evening. Small hail and lightning were also observed on the fireline. Today wet thunderstorms are expected in fire area, with the potential for gusty winds and possibly hail.

Orleans Complex

Estimated Size: 8,204
Containment: 14%
Committed Resources: Approximately 1,120
Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0

Health Advisory:
The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQM) continues to extend their smoke advisory for Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity Counties, noting that there are separate advisories for Forks of Salmon, Klamath Glen, Orleans and Weitchpec. For further information call the 24 hour Air Quality Advisory Information at 1-866-BURN-DAY or check the district’s website at www.ncuaqmd.org.