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Forest Fire Update for August 24, 2013

_T9A2036_Aug24Douglas Complex: 48,679 acres, 86% contained

Starting Monday evening, management of the Douglas Complex will be returned to the Douglas Forest Protective Association. Eighteen crews and 21 engines will remain to finish mopping up the perimeter of the fires. At night, engines will patrol the perimeter. Helicopters and additional fire suppression resources will be available from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit.

For detailed information about the road closures in the Douglas Complex area in Douglas County, contact the BLM district office in Roseburg at 541-440-4930.

For road closure information on the Josephine County side of the Douglas Complex, call the BLM’s Grants Pass office at 541-471-6500.

There are 815 personnel still assigned to this fire. More information on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/.

Whiskey Fire: 16,185 acres, 90% contained.

Officials at the Whiskey Fire report the fire was quiet following the previous day’s storms. No burning operations were planned and crews patrolled perimeters, removed excess equipment and monitored interior smokes. At 90% containment, crews are now working on mop-up and hope to have the fire 100% contained by the shift’s end. Fire officials say their focus will soon turn to planning rehabilitation of those suppression areas.

The Umpqua National Forest has revised the Forest Order near the Whiskey Complex. The area closure remains in effect around the Buckeye and Whiskey Fires while some access roads in the vicinity have been re-opened. These roads include the South Umpqua River Road (Forest Road 28) and parts of Forest Road 29 providing access to popular recreation areas including South Umpqua Falls Day Use, Camp Comfort, and Skookum Pond. Please see at http://tinyurl.com/k5c4aab for a complete listing of the closure and the campgrounds affected.

Fire Blog: whiskeycomplex.wordpress.com

Air Quality:  oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Labrador Fire: 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported.

The continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist around the perimeter of the Labrador Fire.

An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County. Level 1 means that people should be prepared to evacuate. The Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons. A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.

For more info: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3563/

Big Windy Complex: 23,829 acres, 35% contained.

The small amount of rain that fell on Thursday was enough to hamper burnout operations in most areas again yesterday. Crews took advantage of the quieter conditions to further strengthen and secure containment lines.

Evacuations: A Level 2 evacuation is in place north of the Rogue River and south of the Marial Byway. A Level 1
evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west.

Closures:
Grave Creek to Marial Back Country Byway, which includes Mt. Reuben Road (34-8-1 Road), 32-8-31
Road, a portion of the 32-8-9.2 Road, and the Marial Access Road (32-9-14.2).

Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) is officially closed. See websites above for
additional information. The National Guard is providing staffing at all road closure checkpoints.

Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 23 to the
junction with Forest Road 33.

Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.

Salmon River Complex: 14,377 acres, 95% contained.

There is a community meeting tonight in Sawyer’s Bar at 5:00 p.m. at the Salmon River Restoration Council building.

Today’s weather will be hotter and drier. Crews will be on the alert for holdover fires from lightning strikes earlier in the week. The Feather River Hot Shots will be working in Jackass Gulch today as the fire slowly backs down the east side. Mop up, patrol, and structure protection work will continue. Full containment is expected for August 25.

Closures: The Evacuation Advisory for the Sawyers Bar, Idlewild and Mule Bridge area is still in place. Deer hunters are reminded a Forest Closure Order is in effect around the Salmon River Complex and Butler Fire on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. Click Here for the full closure order and associated map.

Air quality information for the Corral Complex, Salmon River Complex and Butler fire: http://northcasmoke.blogspot.com.

Clean air respite centers are still available at the Happy Camp Community Resource Center, HUB Communities Resource Center in Montague, Scott Valley Family Resource Center in Fort Jones, Madrone Senior Center at the Yreka Community Center, Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center and Dorris City Hall.