Whiskey Complex Update August 21, 9 Am
Incident: Whiskey Complex Wildfire
Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3, Incident Commander: Doug Johnson
August 21, 2013 - 9:00 a.m.Fire Information Center: 541-839-3099
Special Information:The Umpqua National Forest has revised the Forest Order near the Whiskey Complex by reopening parts of the closure area. Completion of work to mitigate hazards created by the fires has allowed a large portion of the closure area to be reopened to the public on the South Umpqua Road (Forest Service Road 28) and parts of FS Road 29 including South Umpqua Falls Day Use, Camp Comfort, and Skookum Pond. This revision is effective today at 6:00 am.
The South Umpqua Road is open with the exception that no stopping is allowed for approximately two miles between the junction of FS Road 2826 at Ash Flat Campground and the South Umpqua Day Use access road. This is to ensure travelers’ safety, as material may still roll down the hills into the roads from the burned area at unpredictable intervals. The Forest will have mobile patrols monitoring visitors and enforcing the user rules.
Forest Road 29 is open from the Buckeye Bridge to the junction with Forest Road 68.
South Umpqua Falls Campground, Ash Flat Campground and Cover Camp will remain closed until assessed for hazards.
Access to the Umpqua National Forest from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest via Forest Roads 6620 (Abbott Prairie), 6640 (Grey Rock), 6610 (Sugar Pine) and spur 800 remain closed at the Forest boundary.
For fire firefighter and public safety, the area closure around the Whiskey Fire remains in effect.
Great strides were made in widening and securing the perimeter on the southeastern area of the fire. Crews have been mopping up the remaining lines and checking for interior smokes. Firefighters will be moved to other areas on the fire to work more efficiently toward containment. Fire managers are prepared for the forecasted storms involving dry lightning this afternoon. Initial attack resources have been identified and will work closely with the local district.
Crews will continue working, utilizing a chipper, in the closed area off Forest Road 28 to reduce fuels and hazards.
Whiskey Fire is 72% contained.
Buckeye Fire is 100% contained and in patrol status.
Smith Ridge Fire is 100% contained and in patrol status.