Terwilliger Fire - Willamette National Forest
This past weekend, a special team of staff from the McKenzie River Ranger District worked to mitigate hazards posed by fire weakened and damaged trees around the Terwilliger Hot Springs. The fire burned through the springs with varying levels of severity. Approximately, five burned trees were felled. These trees posed the most imminent danger of falling and further damaging the springs and the rock work constructed around them. Additional hazard trees around the hot springs will likely need to be felled in the coming months. Only the minimum number of staff needed to do this work are entering the area due to the myriad of fire hazards that remain in the vicinity of the springs and along Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 19).
Forest Service Road (FR) 19 remains closed to the public due to unsafe conditions from falling rocks, debris and fire weakened trees. The closure begins at the junction of FR 408 south to Box Canyon. Firefighters are allowed on portions of FR 19 where mitigations to reduce risks have been taken. No fire traffic, except for emergency vehicles, are allowed on FR 19 adjacent to the Cougar Reservoir; beginning from the junction of FR 415 south to the FR 1985. The Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs remain closed. The public is asked to respect the road and area closures for the protection to themselves and firefighters.
Location: 5 miles southeast of Blue River
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 11,082
Klondike Fire West
|Klondike Fire is still actively burning.|
Fire activity was minimal yesterday with some fire growth reported in the Indigo Creek and Silver Creek drainages. Helicopters were used to keep these areas of growth in check. Small amounts of rain fell over the western portions of the fire area, but not enough to change fire behavior significantly on a long-term basis. A drying trend is forecast for the area and is expected to bring about a rise in fire activity for the next few days.
Firefighters are continuing to focus on mopping up and holding the fireline, as well as felling snags and fire-damaged trees along forest roadways. Road graders will continue repair work on the roads and contingency lines west of the fire perimeter. Work on construction of check lines between the North Fork of Indigo Creek and Cedar Mountain, which are in place as potential control lines, should be completed today.
Evacuation Information: The evacuation level in the Agness Zone remains at 2 - Be Set.
Location: 9 miles northwest of Selma
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Acres burned: 140,232 acres
Miles and Columbus fires
(formerly the South Umpqua Complex/Sugar Pine Fires; also includes Snow Shoe and Round Top)
Tom Merritt, Incident Commander with the US Forest Service ICT3, took command today at 0600.
|Despite starting July 15, the Miles Fire continues to burn actively in the interior of the fire. |
This photo was taken Sept. 15 in the northeast section where firefighters were actively patrolling.
Firefighters will continue to patrol and secure the fire's perimeter as well as repair lines to a more natural condition. Crews are being reallocated to other areas of the fire as work is completed. Personnel are identifying equipment no longer in use for suppression or repair work and will release it to other incidents if needed.
Appropriate hazard reduction for employees, contractors, and the public may be needed. This work includes the identification and mitigation of danger trees next to roads, trails, and firelines which pose a significant threat to firefighters and the public when the area is reopened.
Weather is expected to be drier Monday through Thursday, with a cold front coming on-shore Friday. This cold front will increase the potential for showers and higher relative humidity (RH) in the Fire area. RH over the Fire area will drop into the low 30s-hi 20s during the week. Typical early morning downslope winds of 1-3 mph will occur, and afternoon transport winds from the west-northwest will predominate.
Location: Approximately 7 miles northeast of Trail
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Acres burned: Combined total of 54,134 acres