DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Devil's Knob Complex has burned 7,766 acres and is 13% contained.
The 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 situated between the Rough Patch Complex and Jack Fire to the north, which is being managed by Great Basin Team 2 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 Northwest Incident Management Team reported on Sunday, August 15, resources are being relocated to the central and northern portions of the Complex to other priority fires. 19 fires within the complex are considered contained, controlled or out. Two burnouts were conducted on the Big Hamlin Fire Saturday.
Fires in the complex:
Smith Fire – 1251 acres – A heavy equipment group is nearing completion of indirect containment line running from the north-northwest corner of the fire down south to tie into the Dumont Creek Road. Contingency line construction options are also being explored farther east and west in case current containment efforts are not successful.
Mule Creek Fire – 1,023 acres – mop up operations continue.
Big Hamlin Fire – 5,006 acres – mop up along the western flank continues. Successful burn out operations were conducted yesterday into the evening on northern and southern areas of the fire. Burn out operations in the northeast were successful at holding the fire along Jackson Creek to prevent the fire from moving onto private lands. Burn out operations in the southern corner of the fire were also successful at keeping the fire off private lands. Old fire lines from the Whiskey Fire (2013) are being reopened to use as indirect containment lines out in front of the eastern flank of the fire.
Little Applegate Fire – 135 acres – currently holding in the existing footprint and mop up continues.
Wild Cat Fire – 215 acres – mop up operations continue. Numerous green and dead trees have been falling outside containment lines but no spot fires have resulted. An unstaffed sprinkler system along the east flank of the fire continues to be effective and will continue to be operated in areas too hazardous for firefighters.
Section 30 (Railroad) Fire – 76 acres – contained and in patrol status.
Dismal Creek (444) Fire – 40 acres – contained and 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 be mostly sunny with smoke. Temperatures will be in the 87 – 92 degree range with NW ridgetop winds 5-10 mph and gusts up to 15 mph. Maximum relative humidity will range between 26 – 32%.
Air Quality: Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.
Evacuations and Closures: For the most up to date information on evacuation conditions, residents are encouraged to visit the Douglas County Sheriff Department's 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.
The Umpqua National Forest has implemented an Emergency Fire Closure Order restricting public access to the majority of the Steamboat, North Umpqua, and South Umpqua drainages due to high fire danger and the safety of firefighting resources in the area. To view the Closure in its entirety, please see the Complex’s Facebook post of August 13, 2021.
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.