Whiskey Complex Update, Thursday, 1 August, 2013
Incident: Whiskey Complex Wildfire
Oregon Incident Management Team #1 In Unified Command with Douglas Fire Protective AssociationRoss Williams and Tim Keith, Incident Commanders
Whiskey Complex Update, Thursday, August 1, 2013
Fires within the Whiskey Complex continue to increase in size even as progress is made in establishing firelines in some strategic areas.
The Whiskey Fire proved its stubbornness on Wednesday as a spot fire was discovered to the south of Beaver Creek. The line in Beaver Creek had held for several days, but a spark from the fire or a holdover from Friday’s lightning storm ignited in heavy timber on steep slopes, and even immediate attack by crews and helicopters was not enough to stop its growth. As of last night it was estimated at 10 acres, but was expected to grow through the night. Plans are being made to surround the fire over the next few days and try to stop it at Stampede Creek to the west and the 600 road to the south, if direct attack proves unsafe or unsuccessful.
Action continued on the Buckeye Fire near Ash Valley as crews worked through the night to strengthen lines by burning out adjacent fuels, working south from the southernmost private land to FS Road 28. To secure the safety of the nearby homes, additional burnout operations will be conducted when conditions are favorable.
The Big Brother Fire burned most actively downhill to the north, where the up-valley winds are strongest. The Big Brother and Whiskey fires, which are separated by just a half-mile of terrain, are being managed as a single fire.
Crews will be mopping up on the Smith Ridge Fire today, working toward containment as they contend with dangerous hazard trees.
Low clouds cover the area this morning, and relative humidity has increased. Fire behavior today is expected to diminish temporarily, but helicopter activity will be hampered by reduced visibility.
Fire at a GlanceTotal Size: 4000 Acres
Whiskey and Big Brother combined acreage – 3160 acBuckeye –813 acSmith Ridge –27 ac
Containment: 15%Personnel: 886Air Resources:
2 Type 1 Heavy helicopters2 Type 2 Medium helicopters2 Type 3 Light helicoptersAir Tankers as needed
-FS Road 29.
-FS Road 28 from Boulder Creek to French Junction.
-FS Road 31 from jct of FS Road 29 to jct w/ spur 3100-600.
-FS Road 2925 from jct 29 to jct of 3114-600 and 2925-700 spurs.
-FS Road 3114-600
-Ash Flat Campground
-South Umpqua Campground
-South Umpqua Day Use Area
Location: 6 mi east of Tiller,OR.
Cause: Lightning 7-26-13
Fire Information Number: 541-839-3099
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