Big Windy Complex - Evening News Release
Incident: Big Windy Complex Wildfire
Fire Information Update
Monday, August 5, 2013 - 9:00 PM PDT
Big Windy Complex: 9,192 acres total
-Jenny Fire: 2,678 acres
-Calvert Peak Fire: 163 acres
-Big Windy Fire: 6,351 acres
Estimated Containment: September 1, 2013
Highlights for the Big Windy Complex:
-Firing operations that were activated last night along the SW containment lines of the Big Windy Fire held during today’s operational period. Burnout operations resumed early this evening and will continue through the night.
-Overall, it was a relatively quiet day on the fire line. Containment lines on the east-southeast flank of the fire perimeter have been completed and crews are ready to begin burnout operations. This tactic is used to reduce the fuels between the fire and the containment lines.
-Fire crews and air attack were unable to confirm the spot fires north of the Rogue River in the Kelsey Creek drainage as reported during last night’s infrared flight. Crews will continue monitoring the north end of the fire for spotting across the river.
-Air operations executed a long line extraction in cooperation with the National Guard helicopter. This was a simulation exercise to help prepare in the event of a medical emergency.
Big Windy Complex Operations Summary:
Ground Operations: On the Calvert Peak Fire, good progress was made by the six assigned dozers that are moving S on the ridge line that is located W of the fire. Tonight, the crews will continue with the burnout operations moving east from the SW flank of the Big Windy Fire.
Closures in Place:
-The Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) 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 National Guard is providing staffing at all road closure checkpoints.
-Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 2300 to the junction with Forest Road 3300.
-Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.
-The BLM portion of the Wild Section of the Rogue River is closed from Grave Creek to Mule Creek due to extreme fire conditions and public health and safety issues.
Evacuations: A level 2 evacuation notice is place starting at the Marial Lodge and following the Rogue River East to Grave Creek, then north and west on the Marial Byway back to the Marial Lodge.
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.
VALUES AT RISK: Boaters and campers on the Rogue River, Wild and Scenic River below Grave Creek, economic considerations associated with recreation, Black Bar Lodge (18 structures), Zane Grey Historical Cabin, Marial Lodge, Rogue River Ranch, cultural resources, threatened & endangered species habitat, late successional reserves, fisheries and wildlife.
WEATHER: Northerly winds tonight with a change to the NE at 8p.m, RH 57-62%, minimum temp 60 degrees. We are anticipating thunderstorms Tuesday night.
FIRE BEHAVIOR: Fire behavior will be similar to last night. Upslope winds will tend to push the fire against lines. Conditions are good for a successful burnout operation.
RESOURCES: Assigned to the night shift burnout operation includes 5 Type 1 hotshot crews, 2 skidgens, 8 engines, several 20-person crews, 3 safety officers and additional medical personnel.
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, ticks, bee stings, hazard trees, poison oak, poor air quality, aviation operations, extreme fire behavior, railroad crossings, black bears and cougars. Safety trends include bee stings, and knee and ankle injuries.
COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Oregon Department of Forestry, Medford District Bureau of Land Management, Josephine County, Curry County, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Jackson County, Rural Metro Fire Department.