Wildfire Update for August 11, 2013

Whiskey Complex:

Total Size: 10,954
Whiskey: 9,242
Buckeye: 1,682
Smith Ridge: 30

Containment: 40%

Personnel: 848

Fire officials at the Whiskey Complex say the Umpqua National Forest received over 728 lightning strikes over the past 48 hours. The rain associated with these storms was varied across the landscape.

For fire firefighter and public safety, a large area closure around the Whiskey Fire remains in effect; major roads in the area are closed. Please review links below for more information.

Salmon River Complex:

Fire officials say the Salmon River Complex is currently 9,748 acres with 30 percent containment. There are 31 crews, 56 engines, 5 dozers, 21 water tenders and 6 helicopters for a total of 1,147 personnel working on the fire. The decrease in acreage is due to improved GPS mapping.

Last night, a public meeting was held in the community of Sawyers Bar. Local residents expressed interest in fire line operations and future fire management actions. Firefighters monitored and patrolled along Sawyers Bar Road and along the North Fork of the Salmon River to Mule Bridge.

Air quality levels in Yreka Ft. Jones and Somes Bar will be in the good to moderate range all day and throughout the night time hours. Sawyers Bar air quality levels will be in the unhealthy range today.

Sawyers Bar Road remains closed to public traffic from Etna Summit to the Forks of Salmon.  Residents, with proof of residency, will be allowed through the closure.  Residents may encounter one-way traffic control within the closure area. The Salmon River Road remains closed west of Forks of Salmon.  Please see http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5430601.pdf for the full closure order and associated map.

Evacuations:  An Evacuation Advisory remains in effect for all residents along the North Fork Salmon River from Kelly Gulch to Idlewild and Mule Bridge to the Marble Mountain Wilderness Boundary. See http://inciweb.org/incident/article/3575/19865/ for more information on the evacuation advisory.

An evacuation center has been established by the Red Cross at Etna Union High School, 400 Howell Avenue, Etna. Domestic pets may also be taken to the high school where kennels will be available.  Large animals may be taken to the Dean McBroom Ranch at 1442 Sawyers Bar Road, Etna. Call 530-467-3711.

For more information, visit these links:

InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3575/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/info_ciimt1

Flickr: http://tinyurl.com/n3tgqta

Orleans Complex:

A public meeting will be held at the Karuk DNR, TODAY, August 11 at 6pm

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.

Officials say the Butler Fire was relatively quiet over the course of the evening, with most of the activity in the south eastern edge of the fire. Crews will continue to strengthen the dozer line near Horn Creek today using a variety of tacticsPredicted warmer weather may cause an increase in fire behavior. Please see http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3577/# for more details.

Big Windy Complex: 

Acres: 15,278
Percent Contained: 14%
Total Personnel: 1,284

Fire officials say minimal burn operations occurred yesterday due to rainfall over the fire, and are expected to be minimal again today. Bear Camp and Peavine Road burnout operations will continue as opportunities allow.

Previous closures are still in place for the Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23); Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308; Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch; and the BLM portion of the Wild Section of the Rogue River, from Grave Creek to Mule Creek. Previous evacuations are also still in effect.

Fire crews are still working to protect Black Bar Lodge (18 structures), Zane Grey Historical Cabin, Marial Lodge and Rogue River Ranch from the fire.

Consult the links below for more information:


Douglas Complex:

Percent Contained: 48%
Complex Size: 44,411 acres
Total Personnel: 3,008

Previous evacuations and closures remain the same.

Fire officials say firefighters will work to take advantage of the rainfall and higher humidity from the last two days. Fire behavior was less active during the peak burn period and overnight due to the sporadic rainfall over the fires. For most of the fire perimeters, crews are working on patrolling and holding the lines. More active areas are being prepared for future burnout operations to control the remaining hotter edges of the fire.

Places to get information:

Douglas Forest Protective Association -www.dfpa.net
Twitter – www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook – www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
InciWeb – http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/
Douglas Complex Photos – To view:   http://tinyurl.com/DouglasFire2013
ODF PIO Blog – http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.
ODF Southwest Oregon District – www.swofire.com
American Red Cross – www.redcross.org/nss
Air Quality – www.oregonblogspot.com