Daily Fire Update for August 22, 2013
Incident: Douglas Complex Wildfire
Total Complex Size: 48,679 acres
Fires in the Complex:
- Rabbit Mountain Fire: 23,952 acres
- Dad’s Creek Fire: 24,464 acres
- Farmer Gulch Fire: 249 acres
- Misc small fires: 14 acres
Cause:Lightning on July 26
Expected Containment: 9/01/2013
Crews and Equipment:
- Crews: 25 Type 2
- 1 Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
- 2 Type 2 (Medium Lift)
- 3 Type 3 (Light)
- Engines: 37
- Water Tenders: 12
- Total personnel: 1,145
Estimated Cost: $49.4 million
Light rain fell on the Douglas Complex this morning, helping crews with their mission of mopping up inside of the fireline. Crews are instructed to mop up at least 200 feet inside the fireline where the fire consumed most of the available ground-level vegetation. Where consumption was less complete, and the chance of flare-ups is higher, crews are mopping up 300-500 feet inside of the fireline.
Unburned islands of vegetation farther inside the burned area continue to flare up and burn out. These flare-ups are monitored, and helicopters are called in to drop buckets of water on the hot spots. This reduces the chance of embers floating across the fireline to cause spotfires.
Closures remain in effect on roads leading to the Rabbit Mountain and the Dad’s Creek fires. The Bureau of Land Management has posted signs and maps where road closures begin.
For detailed information about the road closures 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.
Maps of the road closure areas are posted online at:
All evacuation levels have been lifted.
To date, one cabin and two outbuildings were burned. Eleven minor injuries and two minor vehicle accidents have been reported.