Whiskey Complex Update, September 15
Incident: Whiskey Complex Wildfire
Whiskey Complex InformationTiller Ranger District Umpqua National Forest
The Southern Cascades Type 3 Incident Management Team working under the leadership of Incident Commander John Poet would like to express their gratitude to the local communities and residents for their patience and cooperation during fire suppression and rehabilitation of the Whiskey Complex. We are aware that this type of incident can be wearisome for the local people and recreationists. We appreciate all of your support and wish you a quick return to normal conditions.
Responsibility for the Buckeye and Whiskey fires will be turned over to the Tiller Ranger District beginning at 0600 on Monday September 16 under the direction of Incident Commander Terri Brown. Firefighting resources and objectives will remain the same for the short term except for the helicopter which finished work on September 15. Emphasis will continue to be placed on monitoring suppression of hot spots and repair of fire suppression damage. A gradual transition to autumn weather is predicted with a cooling trend and occasional showers.
Local residents and recreationists need to be aware that the interior of the Whiskey Complex fire area will be hazardous for quite a while after the fire fighters are finished with their work. The fire has weakened some trees and even those that appear to still be alive could have damaged root systems that are too weak to support the tree. Rocks may also have been loosened by the fire and could roll down slopes unexpectedly. Repair work is focused on areas that were disturbed by fire fighters during fire suppression activities including felling danger trees along roads that will eventually be opened to the public. However interior areas will still be hazardous even after the smoke is gone.
The Area and Road Closure (06-15-02-13-307) is expected to remain in place until the District determines that it is no longer necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting resources. Additional fire information is available by calling the Tiller Ranger District at 541-825-3100 or by visiting the blog or Inciweb sites listed below.
Fire at a Glance
Total size: 17 891 Whiskey: 16 185 Buckeye: 1 683 Smith Ridge: 23
Smith Ridge declared out on 9/7/2013.
Resources: Crews: 2Engines: 3Water-Tenders: 2Misc. Equipment: 8Location: Douglas County; 6 Mi. east of Tiller OR
Whiskey Complex Blog Site and Closure Information: