Whiskey Complex Update, 4 August, 2013
Incident: Whiskey Complex Wildfire
Firefighters had another day of hard work on the fires of the Whiskey Complex on Saturday. Containment did not increase, despite firefighters’ efforts to bolster the lines.
According to the Incident Meteorologist, the low pressure system predicted to begin moving inland on Monday has stalled off the coast for now, and the warm, dry conditions will remain for at least an additional day. Several indices that align with large fires in the past will peak on Sunday and Monday, increasing concerns of more active fire behavior.
“We’re a little worried about the next few days,” said Incident Commander Ross Williams. While continuing the effort to hold the lines around the fire, Williams instructed his team to also be making contingency plans and back-up lines.
The Smith Ridge Fire has reached full containment, but a few firefighters will remain to continue the mop-up operation.
Burnout operations continued on the Buckeye Fire, and were completed on the northern flank of the fire, allowing resources to be reassigned to other fires in the complex to help accomplish their objectives.
Firefighters burned out fuels on all sides of the Whiskey Fire on Saturday, with the eastern side causing some concern. “Fire boiling up from below is crossing the fire break on Division F,” said Operations Chief Chris Hayes, “but so far, using our helicopters and mobile retardant plant, we have been able to keep up with the spots outside the line.” Crews monitored the situation during the night, and there were no new reports of escaped fire.
With weather conditions improving for controlled burn out operations, smoke may become more visible to the community during the next several days. These controlled burn outs are necessary to eliminate some unburned fuels that could lead to spot fires in the coming days.
Fire at a Glance
Total Size: 6,242 Acres
Whiskey and Big Brother
combined acreage – 4,767 ac
Buckeye – 1,448 ac
Smith Ridge – 27 ac
4 Type 1 Heavy helicopters
1 Type 2 Medium helicopters
2 Type 3 Light helicopters
Air Tankers as needed
Location: 6 mi east of Tiller, OR.
Cause: Lightning 7-26-13