Big Windy Complex Evening Update
Incident: Big Windy Complex Wildfire
Fire Information Update
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 9:00 PM PDT
Complex: Big Windy
News & Highlights for the Big Windy Complex:
-The BLM portion of the Wild Section of the Rogue River is closed from Graves Creek to Mule Creek effective July 31 at 12:01 a.m. due to extreme fire conditions and public health and safety issues
-The Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management has given official notice that the Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to the Rogue River Ranch is temporarily closed. All entry is restricted in order to protect the public during fire suppression operations.
A Strategic Risk Assessment was completed for the Big Windy Complex to assess the current strategy of providing point protection to structures along the Rogue River and to use indirect fireline to contain the fire between the Rogue River, the Peavine Road system, the Bear Camp Road and a ridge located west of the Calvert Peak Fire.
The strategies and tactics have been chosen to provide a high probability of success for the overall suppression effort while minimizing impacts to local communities, economies and private property and keeping firefighter and public safety the highest priority.
Closures in Place:
-The Bear Camp Road is officially closed with closure orders and maps issued by the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management/Grants Pass Interagency Office and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest/Gold Beach Ranger District. See websites above for additional information. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office are providing staffing at the closure points and signs are in place.
-Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch
Big Windy Complex: Consists of the Big Windy (Josephine County), Calvert Peak and Jenny Fires (Curry County). Located on Medford District Bureau of Land Management lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Started: July 26, 2013 at 3:00 a.m. Cause: Lightning Location: Approximately 8 miles NW of Galice. The north part of the fire is within two miles of Winkel Bar on the Rogue River.
VALUES AT RISK: Boaters and campers on the Rogue River, Wild and Scenic River below Graves Creek, economic considerations associated with recreation, Black Bar Lodge (18 structures), Zane Grey Historical Cabin (9 structures), Rogue River Ranch, cultural resources, threatened & endangered species habitat, late successional reserves, fisheries and wildlife.
SAFETY CONCERNS: Steep and unforgiving terrain, mixing of fire and public traffic, particularly on one-lane roads, variable and unpredictable winds in the river corridor, inactive and active mine shafts, ticks, hazard trees, poison oak, poor air quality, aviation operations, extreme fire behavior.
WEATHER: The weather forecast has changed and a Red Flag Warning is being issued from midnight to 2 pm tomorrow with dry lightning. Expect smoky conditions for the next couple of days.
COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Oregon Department of Forestry, Medford District Bureau of Land Management, Josephine County, Curry County, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.