Whiskey Complex Update, September 17
Incident: Whiskey Complex Wildfire
The Tiller Ranger District assumed responsibility for the Whiskey Complex fires as of 6 a.m. on Monday Sept. 16th under the direction of Incident Commander Drew DeLozier. The District’s emphasis is repairing fire suppression damage and patrolling fire lines and roads.
Today’s temperatures are markedly cooler coupled with wetting rains as we enter a gradual transition to autumn weather.
On-going repair work includes felling and chipping danger trees to clear up the sides of roads that will be later re-opened for public use. However interior areas will still be hazardous even after the smoke is gone.
The interior of the Whiskey Complex fire area will be hazardous even after the firefighters are finished in the area. The fire weakened some trees and even those that appear to still be alive could have damaged root systems that are too weak to support the tree. Rocks may also have been loosened by the fire and could unexpectedly roll down slopes. Burning tree roots create ashy pits that act as hot sinkholes.
The Area and Road Closure (06-15-02-13-307) is expected to remain in place until the District determines that it is no longer necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting resources. Additional fire information is available by calling the Tiller Ranger District at 541-825-3100.
Fire at a Glance
Total size: 17 891 Whiskey: 16 185 Buckeye: 1 683 Smith Ridge: 23
Smith Ridge declared out on 9/7/2013.
Resources: Crews: 2 Engines: 2 Water-Tenders: 1 Misc. Equipment: 6
Location: Douglas County; 6 Mi. east of Tiller OR