Whiskey Complex Update, September 2
Incident: Whiskey Complex Wildfire
Whiskey Complex Update
September 2, 2013
The Southern Cascades Type 3 Incident Management TeamJohn Poet, Incident Commander Fire Information Center: 541-839-3099
The Incident Management team would like to wish a safe and enjoyable Labor Day to everybody working and recreating on the Umpqua National Forest and beyond.
Resources are still working to reinforce the perimeter of the Buckeye Fire. Smoke from hotspots well interior of the containment line may still be visible as it drifts across Road 28 but the team is aware of this and it is not a major concern for impacting visibility or for fire growth.
As in all firefighting operations, public and fire fighter safety remains paramount. The Whiskey Complex is proud of a five week operational period with no major injuries or accidents and resources will continue to work toward safely meeting the objective of extinguishing all fire within 300 feet of the fire lines.
Trees impacted by the fires still continue to fall, potentially impacting roads and presenting a hazardous environment for the fire crews and the public. Closures will remain in effect.
Drive cautiously and expect fire traffic and large vehicles in and around the fire area this holiday weekend. In addition to fire traffic, there is an increase in recreational pedestrian and vehicle traffic outside of the closure areas.
The weather for Monday is expected to be slightly cooler and partly cloudy and as the week progresses the weather will become warmer.
An infrared (IR) flight last night revealed more heat inside the fire perimeters than had been apparent from the visible smokes. While the fires are contained they still have a lot of heat in the interior and mop up will be an ongoing task.
Whiskey Complex blog site and on http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3562/
Fire at a Glance
Total size: 17,891 Whiskey: 16,185Buckeye: 1,683Smith Ridge: 23
Containment: 100%Personnel: 190Resources: Crews: 3Engines: 9 Water-Tenders: 5Misc. Equipment: 2Helicopters: 1 Type 3 LightLocation: Douglas County 6 Mi. east of Tiller, OR
Whiskey Complex Blog Site and Closure Information:
Inciweb, with closure information: inciweb.org/incident/3562