Whiskey Complex Update, Sunday, 11 August 2013
Incident: Whiskey Complex Wildfire
Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3, Incident Commander Doug Johnson, assumed command of the Whiskey Complex this morning at 6:00 am. The incident command post (ICP) remains at the Milo Academy.
Over the past 48 hours, the Umpqua National Forest received over 728 lightning strikes. The rain associated with these storms was varied across the landscape. While heavy rain fell at the ICP in Milo, only 1/10 inch was recorded at the Blackberry remote automated weather station, located just east of the Whiskey Fire. With the warming and drying trend predicted over the next several days, the initial attack response is expected to increase. Complex resources will be available to assist
Smith Ridge Fire is 100% contained and in patrol status. Firefighting equipment is being removed and back hauled to ICP.
Buckeye Fire is 95% contained and in mop-up and patrol status.
Whiskey Fire is 40% contained and had very little growth. An infrared flight over the fire area last night showed an increase of approximately 292 acres over the past two days with the burnout of interior islands. Several miles of roads have been prepped by removing brush to use as containments line along this perimeter. Crews will scout for opportunities as fuels dry, to burn out and create a defendable fireline along this perimeter. Perimeters on the north, west and southwest are in mop-up and rehabilitation. Road work will begin this morning with the grading of approximately 5 miles of Forest Roads 1610 and 3100.
For fire firefighter and public safety, a large area closure around the Whiskey Fire remains in effect; major roads in the area are closed. Please see the inciweb or Whiskey Complex blog for full information.
Fire at a Glance
Total Size: 10,954
Smith Ridge: 30
Water Tenders: 22
2 Type I Heavy
1 Type 2 Medium
2 Type 3 Light
1 Fixed Wing
Location: Douglas County
6 mi. east of Tiller, OR
Cause: Lightning – 7/26/13
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