Whiskey Complex Update, Thursday ,8 August 2013
Incident: Whiskey Complex Wildfire
The Whiskey Complex fire camp was visited by two Bernese Mountain therapy dogs and one Belgian Malinoise therapy Dozers and crews worked through the day on Wednesday toward containing Tuesday’s 250-acre slopover on the south side of the Whiskey Fire. A little more work is needed today to complete the task. Otherwise, the fire remains within the perimeter of fire breaks that firefighters have been building around it.
Aircraft from the Whiskey Complex were involved in detecting nine fires along the crest of the Cascades at the eastern edge of the Tiller Ranger District; they also took action on 11 new fires on neighboring districts, including two on land protected by Douglas Fire Protective Association.
Overall, the fires in the Whiskey Complex calmed down considerably on Wednesday. Temperatures were down and humidity was up, resulting in damper fine fuels that will no longer burn easily. Firefighters had extensive plans to improve lines by burning out the nearby fuels on Wednesday, but the fuels would not carry the fire. Light rain was falling on the south side of the Whiskey Fire on Wednesday evening.
The Smith Ridge Fire is fully contained, but still has some hot spots remaining. Since crews aren’t able to continue with their burnout operations, some will be assigned to mopping up the remaining Smith Ridge hot spots.
The Buckeye Fire is also fully contained, and crews are working at mopping up hotspots within 100 feet of the outer edge.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Whiskey Complex through Friday night because of predicted thunderstorms. The Weather Service predicts a 40% chance of thunderstorms on Thursday, and a 30% chance on Friday. Any storms are expected to be accompanied by rain, but crews and aircraft will be prepared to take action on any new starts. .
dog on Wednesday. Firefighters were observed lining up to pet the dogs and take their pictures.
Fire at a Glance
Total Size: 10,466 Acres
Whiskey – 8757 ac
Buckeye – 1682 ac
Smith Ridge – 27 ac (Contained)
5 Type 1 Heavy helicopters
1 Type 2 Medium helicopter
2 Type 3 Light helicopters
1 fixed wing air attack aircraft
Location: 6 mi east of Tiller, OR.
Cause: Lightning 7-26-13
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