Douglas Complex Daily Fire Update for August 11, 2013 @ 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 11, 2013
Current Situation: The Douglas Complex currently consists of Rabbit Mountain, Dad’s Creek, and Farmer’s fires. Firefighters will work to take advantage of the rainfall and higher humidity from the last two days. Fire behavior was less active during the peak burn period and overnight due to the sporadic rainfall over the fires. For most of the fire perimeters, crews are working on patrolling and holding the lines. More active areas are being prepared for future burnout operations to control the remaining hotter edges of the fire.
Rabbit Mountain – 23,240 acres
The southwest corner and western flank of the fire around Riffle Creek and Bear Creek continue to be the active front of the fire. Crews will be working to construct containment lines in this area. Crews in other areas of the fire will strengthen firelines and extinguish hot spots.
Dad’s Creek – 21,908 acres
The southwest end of the fire continues to burn near the rugged areas of Reuben Creek where fireline is being constructed. Crews will be taking advantage of less active fire behavior to reinforce firelines in these areas. Containment lines in the Rattlesnake Creek, Dry Creek and Poorman Creek areas continue to be strengthened to secure homes.
Weather: A wetting rain fell over portions of the fire late Saturday afternoon. The fire camp at Glendale High School received 1.28 inches of rain in 28 minutes along with ¾ inch hail stones. Small hail and lightning were also observed on the fireline. Higher relative humidity is creating foggy and smokey conditions for fire fighters. Wet roads are making driving more difficult.
Evacuations and Closures: remain the same
Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed except for residents. The National Guard will be conducting traffic control at the road blocks to limit public interference with firefighters working in the area.
The Level 2 evacuation remains for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Reuben Road in Douglas County and Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County.
The area from 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 at some point in the future. Any official evacuation orders would be issued by the Douglas County or Josephine County sheriff’s offices.
Public Safety/Prevention: Firefighters are contending with hazards, like falling boulders and trees, old mine shafts, and narrow roads which are affecting access into some of the fire area. Heavy rainfall in some parts of the fire may increase rolling debris and make footing more difficult. Values at risk include homes, commercial timberland, and critical wildlife habitat. To date, no homes have burned, but two outbuildings burned.
Seven minor injuries have been reported
Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased prevention restrictions for both industry and the public. Check www.dfpa.net before commencing your activities.
Location: 7 miles north of Glendale, OR Percent Contained: 48% Complex Size: 44,411 acres Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/26/13 Total Personnel: 3,008
Estimated cost to date: $32,108,767
Resources Include: 85 Type 2 hand crews, 4 Type 1 hand crews, 118 engines, 35 dozers, 49 water tenders, and overhead personnel, and National Guard resources
Air Resources: 12 Type 1 helicopters, 7 Type 2 helicopters, and 8 Type 3 helicopters
Places to get information:
Douglas Forest Protective Association -www.dfpa.net
Twitter - www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
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