Whiskey Complex Update, Sept. 20, 2013
Incident: Whiskey Complex Wildfire
The fire continues to hold within the established containment lines. Some hot spots remain within the interior of the fire’s perimeter but pose no threat to the fire line. Current actions include repairing fire suppression damage and patrolling fire lines and roads.
Management of the fire was transferred to a local Type 4 organization under the direction of Incident Commander Drew DeLozier. The Command Post is located at the Tiller Ranger Station. Fire managers continue to downsize operations by releasing resources as appropriate.
On-going repair work includes felling and chipping danger trees to clear up the sides of roads that will be later re-opened for public use. The interior of the Whiskey Complex fire area will be hazardous even after the firefighters are finished in the area. The fire 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 unexpectedly roll down slopes. Burning tree roots create ashy pits that act as hot sinkholes.
Road and area closures (06-15-02-13-307) are still in place to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting resources. The team anticipates re-opening roads on Sept. 23 after the roadsides are cleared.
Additional fire information is available by calling the Tiller Ranger District at 541-825-3100.
Fire at a Glance
Total size: 17 891
Started July 26 2013 as a lightning fire
Whiskey: 16 185
Buckeye: 1 683
Smith Ridge: 23
Smith Ridge declared out on 9/7/2013.
Resources: Crews: 2 Engines: 2 Water-Tenders: 1 Misc. Equipment: 6
Location: Douglas County; 6 Mi. east of Tiller OR