Douglas Complex Daily Fire Update for August 9, 2013 at 8 Am
Incident: Douglas Complex Wildfire
Douglas Complex Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Dennis Sifford, Incident Commander
Phone Numbers: 541-832-0136; 541-832-0137
Douglas County Information Number: 888-459-3830
Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
August 9, 2013
Current Situation: The Douglas Complex currently consists of Rabbit Mountain, Dad’s Creek, and Farmer’sfires. Overall the primary focus is to strengthen control lines on the Rabbit Mountain and Dad’s Creek fires.
Rabbit Mountain – 22,540 acresThe southwestern corner of the fire around Riffle Creek continues to grow while the remainder of the firecontainment lines in the other areas around the fire are holding. Water drops from helicopters and hose lay willassist in the efforts to construct fire line in the southwestern area.
Dad’s Creek – 21,242 acresThe south end of the fire continues to burn near the rugged areas of Reuben Creek where fireline is beingconstructed. Containment lines in the Rattlesnake Creek, Dry Creek and Poorman Creek areas continue to bestrengthened to secure homes. Crews worked to tie lines together on the west side on the fire, and are nearingcompletion.
Weather: A Red Flag warning continues for the fire and surrounding area due to the chance of lighting thatwill last through 11:00 pm Friday, August 9th. Weather over the fire will include light clouds coming in andpotential lightning forming about 1:00 pm. These lightning storms are predicted to bring rain.
Evacuations and Closures:Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed exceptfor residents. The National Guard will be conducting traffic control at the road blocks and not interferewith firefighters working in the area.The Level 2 evacuation for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Ruben Road in DouglasCounty and Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County. The areafrom the community of Wolf Creek to Watertank Gulch is at a Level 1 evacuation.Residences in the area are still considered threatened. This means evacuations could be necessary atsome point in the future. Any official evacuation orders would be issued by the Douglas County orJosephine County sheriff’s offices.
Public Safety/Prevention: Firefighters are contending with hazards, like falling boulders and trees, old mineshafts, and narrow roads which are affecting access into some of the fire area. Values at risk include homes,commercial timberland, and critical wildlife habitat. There are no reports of homes burned. Seven minorinjuries have been reported. Two outbuildings have burned.
Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased prevention restrictions for both industry and the public.Check www.dfpa.net before commencing your activities.
Fire Statistics:Location: 7 miles north of Glendale, OR
Percent Contained: 32%
Complex Size: 44,045 acres
Cause: LightningStart Date: 7/26/13
Total Personnel: 3,138
Resources Include: 93 Type 2 hand crews, 4 Type 1 hand crews, 120 engines, 28 dozers, 46 water tenders, and overhead personnel, and National Guard resources. Air Resources: 12 Type 1 helicopters, 7 Type 2 helicopters, and 6 Type 3 helicopters
Places to get information:
Douglas Forest Protective Association -www.dfpa.net
Twitter - www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook - www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/
Douglas Complex Photos – To view: http://tinyurl.com/DouglasFire2013
ODF PIO Blog - http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
ODF Southwest Oregon District - www.swofire.com
American Red Cross - www.redcross.org/nss
Air Quality – www.oregonblogspot.com