Douglas Complex Daily Fire Update for August 17, 2013 @ 8 Am
Incident: Douglas Complex Wildfire
Douglas Complex Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Dennis Sifford, Incident Commander
Phone Numbers: 541-832-0136; 541-832-0137
Douglas County Information Number: 888-459-3830
Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
August 17, 2013
Current Situation: No additional perimeter growth is anticipated for the fire however, acreage may increase due to additional interior burning. Crews will continue to strengthen existing firelines by extinguishing all hot spots along the perimeter and within the interior portion of the fire. Aerial ignitions will continue to assist the burnout activities today on the Dad’s Creek fire.
Rabbit Mountain – 23,954 acres
Crews will continue to strengthen firelines and extinguish hot spots. Mop-up will continue with a close watch on the lines for spots of rolling debris.
Dad’s Creek – 22,715 acres
Burnout will continue today between the Sawmill Gap Ridge and Reuben Creek. Mop-up, patrol, and rehab, of the unburned areas for spots will continue around the fire perimeter today. Infrared patrols will assist in the detection of hot spots.
Weather: The fire area will experience a warming and drying trend beginning today and will continue for the next couple of days. Temperatures will be about 10 degrees higher than normal. The winds will be out of the northeast and the communities of Glendale, Canyonville, and Riddle should encounter less smoke than yesterday.
Evacuations and Closures: remain the same
Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed except for residents. The National Guard will be conducting traffic control at the road blocks to limit public interference with firefighters working in the area.
The Level 2 evacuation remains for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Reuben Road in Douglas County and Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County.
Glendale is at a Level 1 evacuation.
The area from the community of Wolf Creek to Watertank Gulch is at a Level 1 evacuation.
Residences in the area are still considered threatened. This means evacuations could be necessary at some point in the future. Any official evacuation orders would be issued by the Douglas County or Josephine County sheriff’s offices.
Public Safety/Prevention: Firefighters are contending with the following hazards: Rolling boulders, falling trees, old mine shafts, and narrow roads which are affecting access into some of the fire area. Values at risk include: homes, commercial timberland, and critical wildlife habitat. To date, no homes have burned, but two outbuildings been lost. Ten minor injuries have been reported.
Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased prevention restrictions for both industry and the public. Check www.dfpa.net before commencing your activities.
Location: 7 miles north of Glendale, OR Percent Contained: 72% Complex Size: 46,932 acres Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/26/13 Total Personnel: 1,891
Estimated cost to date: $ 45,074,067
Resources Include: 60 Type 2 hand crews, 2 Type 1 hand crews, 64 engines, 19 dozers, 24 water tenders, numerous overhead personnel, and National Guard resources.
Air Resources: 2 Type 1 helicopters, 4 Type 2 helicopters, and 4 Type 3 helicopters
Places to get more fire information:
Douglas Forest Protective Association -www.dfpa.net
Twitter - www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
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
Air Quality – www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com