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Friday, August 31, 2018

ODF Daily Fire Update, August 31, 2018


New fires reported on ODF-protected lands

There were no new fires 10 acres or larger reported on ODF-protected lands over the past 24 hours.

Ongoing fires

Ramsey Canyon Fire - Jackson County
As of 7:00 a.m. Friday, ODF Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Link Smith) has handed the Ramsey Canyon Fire back to the ODF Southwest Oregon District.

Crews will continue mop up efforts into the holiday weekend, with a focus on the north perimeter. With 95 percent containment, equipment and personnel are being significantly scaled back.

Over the next few days, firefighters on the ground will be conducting fire suppression repair throughout the entire fire’s footprint. Crews are also searching for and extinguishing hot spots along the fire’s perimeter in order to continue securing control lines.

Unless the situation changes, this will be the final update on the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

 
Location: 12 miles north of Eagle Point
Ignition Date: August 22, 2018
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 1,971 acres
Personnel: 132
Containment: 95%
For more information: Contact the ODF office in Medford at 541-664-3328.

Watson Creek Fire - Lake County

This fire is being managed by Northwest Incident Management Team 6 (Incident Commander Shawn Sheldon).

Crews continue with mop-up, monitoring, and patrol.

Location: 6 miles west of Paisley
Ignition Date: August 15, 2018
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 58,092 acres
Personnel: 666
Containment: 80%
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6153/

Terwilliger Fire - Willamette National Forest
The fire is being managed by the Northern Rockies Team 4 (Incident Commander Rick Connell).

There will be a Community Meeting about the Terwilliger Fire on Saturday September 1, 2018, beginning at 7:00 pm. It will be in the old gym at McKenzie High School, 51187 Blue River Drive, Finn Rock.

Yesterday, fire behavior was low due to moisture and increased cloud cover, allowing significant progress by fire fighters. On the southern perimeter of the fire, it continued to grow and progress up the Hardy Creek area in very rough terrain. The eastern front of the fire exhibited low intensity burning, and fire area north did not exhibit much growth. Personnel in that area continued to solidify a control line along the road to begin burn-out operations for securing the line.
 
Fire behavior is expected to be more active than yesterday as cloud cover departs, and there are lower humidity and warmer temperatures. Fuels remain very dry, continuing to contribute to high fire danger. Crews will work to strengthen existing control lines established along nearby roadways with support from additional aerial resources. The line constructed along the northern perimeter will be a major focus area to secure in the coming days, as conditions allow. The southern perimeter continues to be engaged when rough terrain allows. Contingency lines continue to be identified and prepared as fire behavior changes.

Location: 5 miles southeast of Blue River
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 7,845
Personnel: 604
Containment: 26%
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6160/

Miles and Columbus fires 
(formerly the South Umpqua Complex/Sugar Pine Fires; also includes Snow Shoe and Round Top)
These fires are being managed by the Nevada Type 3 Incident Management Team (Incident Commander Brock Uhlig).

Ongoing mop-up and suppression work continues, along with hazard tree removal.

Location: Approximately 7 miles northeast of Trail
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: Combined total of 49,966 acres; Miles Fire: 35,770 acres; Columbus Fire: 10,226 acres
Personnel: Approximately 274
Containment: Miles Fire: 53% contained; Columbus Fire: 54% contained
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/

Taylor Creek and Klondike East

The Taylor Creek Fire and the Klondike Fire East Zone are being managed by the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 (Incident Commander Craig Glazier).

Fire personnel continued their repair work with the emphasis moving to the south end of the fires. Logging equipment handled trees cut during suppression operations and moved them to a landing site. A large culvert is to be installed to facilitate water movement. Completion of this operation will require a compactor to firmly tamp the soil into place.

A marine layer will bring cloudy conditions accompanied by light drizzle to the western end of the fires on Friday morning. Any moisture will be too light to have significant impact on fire behavior. Conditions are forecasted to become sunny on Friday afternoon with temperatures slightly above normal. Winds will be swinging from west to north to northeast as the day progresses.

Location: 10 miles west of Grants Pass
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 52,839 acres
Personnel: 115
Containment: 95%
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6058/ 
 
Klondike Fire West
The Klondike Fire West is now being managed by the Southern Area Red Team (Incident Commander Mike Dueitt).

The overall strategic objective on the fire is unchanged. A full suppression strategy is being used to minimize the total number of acres burned on all lands, while maintaining safety first.

The Klondike West Fire exhibited minimal activity and very little spread during the last 24 hours.

Firefighters strengthened existing fire-lines and completed preparations for a planned firing of portions of the Wild Horse Road fire-line south of the community of Agness. The objective is to produce a blackened buffer 1,000 feet from the primary fire-line. Marine-influenced humidity Thursday prevented firefighters from initiating this firing operation, but the team will continue to evaluate opportunities for this action. Firefighters will continue to strengthen existing control lines and to explore opportunities for constructing direct control adjacent to the fire along the northeast edge of the fire.
 
Evacuation Information: The evacuation level in the Agness Zone is 2 - Be Set.

Location: 9 miles northwest of Selma
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 102,168 acres
Personnel: 1,254
Containment: 40%
More information:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5998/ 

 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

ODF Fire Update, Thursday, August 30, 2018


New fires reported on ODF-protected lands

There were no new fires 10 acres or larger reported on ODF-protected lands over the past 24 hours.
 
Ongoing fires

Ramsey Canyon Fire - Jackson County
This fire is being managed by Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Link Smith).

The majority of the fire’s perimeter has been mopped up to at least 300 feet, although in a few places the terrain is too steep to traverse on foot. ODF IMT 2 has met the district’s objectives and will transfer command of the fire on Friday, August 31, to an ODF Transition Team (Incident Commander Johnson) working out of the ODF Southwest Oregon District in Medford. The transition team will work to extinguish smokes, continue suppression repair, and recover equipment. Local ODF fire staff will patrol the fire and monitor for smoke, expected to remain visible in the interior portion of the fire, frequently throughout the remainder of fire season.

Location: 12 miles north of Eagle Point
Ignition Date: August 22, 2018
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 1,971 acres
Personnel: 651
Containment: 85%
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6167/
Note: With ODF IMT 2 transitioning out, for questions about the Ramsey Canyon Fire, contact the ODF office in Medford at 541-664-3328.

Watson Creek Fire - Lake County
This fire is being managed by Northwest Incident Management Team 6 (Incident Commander Shawn Sheldon).

A spot fire caused by interior torching was caught near the Sycan River area on Wednesday. Interior islands of burning fuel may still create visible smoke in the area. Crews continue to hold and improve fire lines, while mopping up and remaining vigilant for new spot fires. Rehabilitation needs are being assessed and addressed.

Location: 6 miles west of Paisley
Ignition Date: August 15, 2018
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 58,218 acres
Personnel: 764
Containment: 75%
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6153/

Terwilliger Fire - Willamette National Forest
Management of this fire transitioned today and the fire is now being managed by the Northern Rockies Team 4 (Incident Commander Connell).

Fire behavior was active again yesterday, with low humidity and steady winds. There was growth on the southern and eastern perimeters, as well as movement to the north. Crews conducted burn-outs, with aerial support, while reinforcing contingency lines. Today crews will work to hold and strengthen existing control lines, as well as expanding line along the southwestern perimeter. The western perimeter line will also be enlarged and the southern perimeter will be engaged directly when possible to do so safely, with continued efforts to find and establish contingency lines for this section of the fire.

Location: 5 miles southeast of Blue River
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 7,572
Personnel: 505
Containment: 17%
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6160/

Miles and Columbus fires 
(formerly the South Umpqua Complex/Sugar Pine Fires; also includes Snow Shoe and Round Top)
These fires are being managed by the Nevada Type 3 Incident Management Team (Incident Commander Brock Uhlig).

Ongoing mop-up and suppression work continues, along with hazard tree removal.

Location: Approximately 7 miles northeast of Trail
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: Combined total of 49,966 acres; Miles Fire: 35,741 acres; Columbus Fire: 10,226 acres
Personnel: Approximately 300
Containment: Miles Fire: 55% contained; Columbus Fire: 54% contained
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/

Taylor Creek and Klondike East
The Taylor Creek Fire and the Klondike Fire East Zone are being managed by the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 (Incident Commander Craig Glazier).

There will be a Klondike Fire Community Meeting on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 5 p.m. at the Agness Community Library, 3905 Cougar Lane, Agness.

Crews continue work on repair actions to provide protection against soil movement and excessive erosion. That work is concluding at the north end of the fire and the focus will be moving to the south.

Location: 10 miles west of Grants Pass
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 52,839 acres
Personnel: 126
Containment: 95%
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6058/ 

Klondike Fire West
The Klondike Fire West is being managed by the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Incident Commander Jay Kurth), and will transition into being managed by the Southern Area Red Team (Incident Commander Dueitt) on Friday, August 31.

There will be a Klondike Fire Community Meeting on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 5 p.m. outside of the Agness Community Library, 3905 Cougar Lane, Agness.

Firefighters are taking actions to keep this fire in the smallest possible footprint. This includes burn-outs at previously identified contingency lines to ensure that the community of Agness is protected.

Location: 9 miles northwest of Selma
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 102,165 acres
Personnel: 1,116
Containment: 40%
More information:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5998/ 

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

ODF Daily Fire Update, Wednesday, August 29, 2018


New fires reported on ODF-protected lands
There were no fires 10 acres or larger reported on ODF-protected lands over the past 24 hours.

Ongoing fires

Ramsey Canyon Fire - Jackson County

This fire is being managed by Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Link Smith).

Control lines held during yesterday’s weather shift, with no new fire starts outside the perimeter. Firefighters continue mop-up, including widening control lines, extinguishing hot spots, and performing safety and erosion prevention actions.

The team is preparing to return the fire to the local district on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Location: 12 miles north of Eagle Point
Ignition Date: August 22, 2018
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 1,971 acres
Personnel: 750
Containment: 70%
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6167/

Watson Creek Fire - Lake County

This fire is being managed by Northwest Incident Management Team 6 (Incident Commander Shawn Sheldon).

A spot fire was caught in the Watson Creek Fire area on Tuesday. All divisions working on the fire reported progress yesterday, and will be mopping up, holding, and patrolling containment lines.

Location: 6 miles west of Paisley
Ignition Date: August 15, 2018
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 57,371 acres
Personnel: 931
Containment: 75%
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6153/

Terwilliger Fire - Willamette National Forest

This fire is being managed by the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Alan Sinclair), and will transition to the Northern Rockies Team 4 (Incident Commander Connell) on Thursday, August 30.

Fire behavior was active yesterday, with temperatures higher than normal, low humidity, and steady winds, producing growth and spot fires which air operations heavily engaged. Temperatures cool today, although humidity still at or below average will keep fuels very dry contributing to active fire behavior.

Location: 5 miles southeast of Blue River
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 6,866
Personnel: 477
Containment: 17%
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6160/

Other fires

Miles and Columbus fires 

(formerly the South Umpqua Complex/Sugar Pine Fires; also includes Snow Shoe and Round Top)

These fires are being managed by the Nevada Type 3 Incident Management Team.

Work continues to secure and reinforce fire lines on the east and west ends of the gap between the Miles and Columbus fires, which are slowly burning toward each other. Until seasonal rains arrive, stumps, logs, and other ground fuel will continue to produce visible smoke in the fire interior. However, all contained areas have been mopped up by firefighters several hundred feet from the fire’s edge to ensure these pockets of lingering interior heat don’t threaten fire lines and firefighters will continue patrols to ensure interior flare-ups pose no threat to fire containment.

Repair work will continue restoring dozer lines and hand-lines to a more natural state and to prevent sediment runoff from impacting fish-bearing streams. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team will soon begin working within the fire perimeter to assess its effects to slope stability, fisheries, wildlife habitat, public safety, and other important values. A hazard tree felling team will begin working along roadways to make the fire interior accessible for the BAER team.

Location: Approximately 7 miles northeast of Trail
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: Combined total of 49,937; Miles Fire: 35,741 acres; Columbus Fire: 10,226 acres
Personnel: N/A
Containment: Miles Fire: 55% contained; Columbus Fire: 54% contained
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5966/

Taylor Creek and Klondike East

The Taylor Creek Fire and the Klondike Fire East Zone are being managed by the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 (Incident Commander Craig Glazier).

There will be a Klondike Fire Community Meeting on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 5 p.m. at the Agness Community Library, 3905 Cougar Lane, Agness.

Containment lines that tie in to reduced fuels in the Chetco Bar Fire burn scar are completed, and road and fire-line repair work continues.
 
Location: 10 miles west of Grants Pass
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 52,839 acres
Personnel: 209
Containment: 95%
More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6058/ 

Klondike Fire West

The Klondike Fire West is being managed by the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Incident Commander Jay Kurth).

There will be a Klondike Fire Community Meeting on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 5 p.m. at the Agness Community Library, 3905 Cougar Lane, Agness.

Firefighters are taking actions to keep this fire in the smallest possible footprint. This includes beginning to conduct burn-outs at previously identified contingency lines to ensure that the community of Agness is protected. Fire in this area can be exacerbated because of vegetation, difficult terrain and access, and east wind events and topography that enable fire to rapidly spread in east-west canyons.

Location: 9 miles northwest of Selma
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 100,772 acres
Personnel: 1,116
Containment: 40%
More information:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5998/ 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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