Update for Saturday August 18
Incident: Buckhead Complex Wildfire
Fire Team Prepares for Continued Red Flag Warning
The Buckhead Complex is still operating under red flag conditions, as more hot, dry weather with lightning is predicted through Saturday evening. A thunderstorm system crossed the Middle Fork District during the early hours of Saturday with five new fires reported as of 8 AM. The new fires are located approximately 18 miles south of Oakridge near Steeple Rock. The Buckhead Complex fire team is staffed to respond to the new fires.
The Buckhead, Evangeline, and Bobby Fires are still at a combined 282 acres. Yesterday on the Buckhead Fire, firefighters successfully responded to burning snags that fell and rolled downhill outside of containment lines. Evangeline fire lines were not tested yesterday, but heat still exists within the fire perimeter and crews are continuing to mop up. Firefighters on the Bobby Fire continued to reinforce containment lines and mop-up burned over areas. While the Bobby Fire does not have the challenge related to steep terrain that the other two fires have, the deep duff is holding the heat. Crews will continue to work until the fires are fully contained and mopped up.
Multiple recreational events are happening this weekend across the Middle Fork Ranger District and visitors should be aware of fire traffic, potential extreme fire behavior and predicted weather.
The Buckhead complex is managed under a multi-agency management team. The Type 3 South Cascade Interagency Management Team is comprised of United States Forest Service, United States Bureau of Land Management, and The Oregon Department of Forestry.
Fire at a Glance
Total Acres: 282
·Area closure east of Waldo Lake road.
·Alpine Trail from Tire Mtn Trail to Westfir Tie Trail.
·North Fork Trail from Office Bridge trail head to jct w/ Rd 1919
·Forest Road 5828
·Forest Road 1910
·Forest Road 1925
·No stopping or parking along Forest Road 19 between mp 3.1 and mp 16.