Whiskey Complex Update, September 8 and Fire Suppression Repair
Incident: Whiskey Complex Wildfire
The Smith Ridge Fire was declared “out” today. Crews continue to find hot spots using infrared cameras along the eastern flank of the Whiskey Fire and are working hard to meet mop up objectives on some very steep ground all the while keeping a watchful eye on the interior as large areas of unburned remain smoldering well within the perimeter. These unburned areas can when the weather warms burn rapidly sending showers of burning embers into the air threatening the containment lines. As mop up objectives continue to be achieved activities on the Whiskey Complex Fires are shifting into high gear on Fire Suppression Repair work the first of three phases of rehabilitation efforts to be accomplished over the next few weeks and months.
The three phases of rehabilitation efforts following wildfires on federal lands are; Fire Suppression Repair; Burned Area Emergency Response; and Long-term Recovery. To gain a better understanding of what will be happening over the next few weeks and well into the fall and even next year a brief explanation of each phase will be issued over the next days.
Fire Suppression Repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damages and minimize environmental impacts resulting from actual fire suppression activities and is usually begun after the fire is contained and before the demobilization of an Incident Management Team. The objectives for the Fire Suppression Repair is to return the affected area to pre-fire conditions as nearly as possible. Work is specifically designed to minimize surface and gully erosion minimize sediment delivery to stream channels minimize loss of soil productivity due to potential erosion in cleared areas and minimize the introduction or spread of noxious weed infestations. The goal of water barring and redistributing woody material over the fire lines is to drain water off the fire line prevent concentrated flow and ultimately soil erosion. The goal of removing berms on dozer lines is to eliminate water channeling effects. The goal of repairing roads is to return drainage elements to functioning stable condition so that they effectively route water off of the road minimize erosion and repair damaged driving surfaces. Chipping of material cut along roads designated as fire lines is to reduce future fire hazards
For public and fire fighter safety road and area closures remain in effect due to fire traffic and unpredictable falling trees. Black Canyon Camp Ground and recreation rentals Whisky Camp and Butler Butte are the only remaining facilities that are closed. Closure orders are available on incident information boards or by calling fire information at (541)-839-3099 or the Tiller Ranger District at (541) 825-3100.
Whiskey Complex blog site and on http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3562/
Fire at a Glance
Total size: 17 891 Whiskey: 16 185 Buckeye: 1 683 Smith Ridge: 23
Resources: Crews: 3Engines: 4 Water-Tenders: 4 Misc. Equipment: 4 Helicopters: 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