Whiskey Complex Update, Saturday, 10 August 2013
Incident: Whiskey Complex Wildfire
The Umpqua National Forest was peppered with hundreds of lightning strikes on Friday afternoon. As a result, fire officials expect initial attack resources to be extremely busy over the next few days as the forests dry and smokes appear. Whiskey Complex firefighting resources were engaged with two initial attack operations in Tiller Ranger District on Friday, and aircraft were also borrowed by nearby districts for initial attack activity. Heavy rain fell in the Tiller area early this morning, but did not affect the fire area.
Light rain fell on the western half of the Whiskey Fire on Friday, but the eastern half remained dry. Fuels were sufficiently dry to carry fire in the northeastern corner and near Whisky Camp as firefighters conducted burnout operations to improve fire breaks. A planned aerial-ignition operation did not materialize because thunderstorms were moving into the area.
Oregon Incident Management Team 3 received instructions from the Tiller District Friday in preparation for taking over management of the Whiskey Complex on Sunday morning. Outgoing Oregon Team 1, currently in unified command with Douglas Fire Protective Association, .will reach its 14-day limit on Sunday and head home for a two days of rest before possible reassignment.
Fire crews, too, are coming to their 14-day limit. New crews have been ordered, but the demand for crews throughout the region is very high.
Friday’s Red Flag warning has been extended into Saturday because of the continued threat of thunderstorms. Any storms are expected to be accompanied by rain, but lightning can easily ignite fires nonetheless. A drying trend with southwest airflow is expected to begin on Sunday, and likelihood of increased fire activity is high.
For public and firefighter safety, a large area closure around the Whiskey Fire remains in effect; major Forest Roads in the area are also closed. Please see Inciweb or the Whiskey Complex blog for full information.
Fire at a Glance
Total Size: 10,656 Acres
Whiskey – 8,946 ac
Buckeye – 1,683 ac
Smith Ridge – 27 ac (Contained)
2 Type 1 Heavy helicopters
1 Type 2 medium
2 Type 3 Light helicopters
1 fixed wing air attack aircraft
Location: 6 mi east of Tiller, OR.
Cause: Lightning 7-26-13
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