DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Devil's Knob Complex is a group of lightning-caused fires with the majority burning on the Tiller Ranger District, Umpqua National Forest and several fires burning on private lands protected by Douglas Forest Protective Association.
The Devil’s Knob Complex is located between the Rough Patch Complex and Jack Fire to the north, which is being managed by Northwest Incident Management Team 13 and the Skyline Ridge Complex to the southwest, which is being managed by Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1.
The Devil's Knob Complex is managed by Northwest Incident Management Team 8 from an incident command post at the Milo Academy near Tiller, Oregon.
The fire has grown to 7,021 acres with just 13% containment.
According to the Northwest Incident management team, as fires become contained and mopped up in the southern portion of the Complex, resources are being relocated to the central and northern portions of the Complex to other priority fires. Fourteen fires within the Complex are considered contained, controlled or out. Two burnouts are planned for Big Hamlin Fire today if the conditions remain favorable. The first burnout will be on the northeast flank in the morning with the goal of bringing fire down to Jackson Creek and the second burnout will be on the southeast flank to secure containment lines.
Significant fire activity over the fire complex starting from north to south:
Smith Fire – 966 acres – roll-out of burning material has resulted in some spotting across Dumont Road. Consequently, contingency line options are being explored farther east and west in case current containment efforts are not successful. A heavy equipment group is nearing completion of indirect containment line running from the north-northwest flank down south to tie into the Dumont Road.
Mule Creek Fire – 1,022 acres – mop up operations will continue.
Big Hamlin Fire – 4,552 acres – mop up along the western flank continues. Spot fires in front of the northeast corner of the fire continue to grow; indirect line is being constructed to contain this portion of the fire and the rest of the east flank. A new division (Division F) has been established to the east of the fire with the purpose of opening old fire lines built for the Whiskey Fire (2013) to be used as containment lines. Preparations are underway to burn out portions of indirect line.
Little Applegate Fire – 135 acres – currently holding in the existing footprint; containment line construction will continue and is nearing completion.
Wildcat Fire – 215 acres – fire is staying in the same footprint and mop up operations will continue. Numerous green and dead trees have been falling outside containment lines but no spot fires have resulted. An unstaffed sprinkler system has been effective and will continue to be operated in areas too hazardous for firefighters.
Section 30 (Railroad) Fire – 76 acres – has been completely contained. Resources will be patrolling the area.
Dismal Creek (444) Fire – 40 acres – has been contained and is in patrol status.
The firefighting resources on the Devil's Knob Complex are also responsible for conducting initial attack operations on the entire Tiller Ranger District and private land holdings. Firefighters are prepared to respond to any initial fire starts.
Weather: Today will start out partly cloudy becoming mostly sunny with smoke. Temperature highs will be in the 90 – 96 degree range with NW ridgetop winds 5-10 mph with gusts up to 15 mph. Minimum relative humidity will range between 22 – 26%. An Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect today.
Air Quality: Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.
Evacuations: Douglas County Sheriff's Office Level 2 “BE SET” evacuation order remains for the following location in the Drew area: All addresses located on Devil's Knob Road.
Residents are encouraged to visit the interactive evacuation map at www.dcso.com/evacuations where they can enter their address to determine what level they may be in. Residents can opt in to receive emergency alerts based on their address by registering at www.dcso.com/alerts.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: For the safety of the firefighters and aircraft fighting the Devil’s Knob Complex, a temporary flight restriction remains over the fire area. Please consult the “Notice to Airman” for specifics. Wildfires are a “No Drone Zone.”
Conditions in the forest remain very dry. Any spark has a very high probability of starting a new fire, so the public is reminded to be extra careful while enjoying the out-of-doors.