Daily Fire Update for August 23, 2013 @ 7:30 AM
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: 19 Type 2
- 2 Type 2 (Medium Lift)
- 2 Type 3 (Light)
- Engines: 32
- Dozers: 9
- Water Tenders: 10
- Total personnel: 958
Estimated Cost: $49.8 million
As the fires within the Douglas Complex get closer to being contained, crews that have completed their assignment are being sent home to rest up. Today, 958 firefighters will continue mopping up the Rabbit Mountain and Dad’s Creek fires.
One task of the crews on the fireline is to find trees that are unsafe to work near, and cut them down. Teams of fallers hike to wherever firefighters find these hazardous trees, and tackle the tricky task of putting the partially burned trees on the ground.
Felling badly burned trees is not simple. The trees may be burned two-thirds of the way through at the base, halfway up the stem, or near the top. Or all three. Usually, the hazard trees are teetering like they’re about to fall, but stubbornly refuse to. Firefighters cannot work near trees that may crack and fall at any second.
But once the hazardous trees have been put on the ground, firefighters can safely resume their work, mopping up the hot spots inside the fireline.
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.