Whiskey Complex Update, September 7
Incident: Whiskey Complex Wildfire
Whiskey Complex Update
September 7 2013
The Southern Cascades Type 3 Incident Management TeamJohn Poet Incident Commander
Fire Information Center: 541-839-3099
Yesterday ground and air resources responded to and contained two new fire starts in the area caused by the lightning that passed through the area on Thursday. Due to the combination of lightning and warmer and drier weather the helicopter assigned to the Whiskey complex will fly aerial fire detection over the area this weekend looking for any other new fire starts.
Though the Whiskey Complex Fires have moved from fire suppression to fire suppression repair work on areas that were directly affected by fire containment activities crews continue to look for heat within the fire area as warmer temperatures are expected.
Crews working on the Buckeye Fire will continue to patrol the perimeter of the burn area. Today equipment onsite is expected to complete fire suppression repair work on interior fire lines and roads that were reopened.
Fire suppression repair work has begun on the Whiskey Fire. Suppression resources will continue gridding and patrolling with hand held infrared cameras while fallers remove hazard trees to help make the area safer for firefighters and rehabilitation equipment to operate in.
Road and area closures are still in effect for the Whiskey Complex due to fire traffic unpredictable falling snags smoke and pockets of fire within the perimeter of the fire line. Black Canyon Campground and recreation rentals Whisky Camp and Butler Butte are the only remaining facilities that are closed. Closure orders are available on incident information boards or by calling fire information at (541)-839-3099 or the Tiller Ranger District at (541) 825-3100.
The Industrial Fire Precaution Level on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest has decreased from level III to level II. Industrial Fire Precaution Level II or “partial hoot-owl” prohibits blasting welding cable yarding or the use of power saws except at loading sites from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The restrictions apply to all contractors and permit holders including those with permits to cut personal-use firewood.
Today temperatures will be in the mid-80s winds will be light. There will be a warming and drying trend in the weather over this weekend and into next week.
Whiskey Complex blog site and on http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3562/
Fire at a Glance
Total size: 17 891 Whiskey: 16 185Buckeye: 1 683Smith Ridge: 23
Resources: Crews: 3 Engines: 4 Water-Tenders: 4 Misc. Equipment: 4 Helicopters: 1 Type 3 Light Location: Douglas County 6 Mi. east of Tiller OR
Whiskey Complex Blog Site and Closure Information: WhiskeyComplex.wordpress.com
Inciweb with closure information: inciweb.org/incident/3562