Big Windy Fire Update August 13, 2013
Incident: Big Windy Complex Wildfire
Big Windy Complex
The closure that was in place on the BLM portion of the Rogue River’s Wild Section, from Grave Creek to Mule Creek, was lifted yesterday but some restrictions are still in place. For questions about river operations, please contact the Smullin Visitor Center at 541-479-3735.
Yesterday’s Fire Activity: There was limited fire activity, mostly smoldering, with some surface fire in the late afternoon. Firefighters strengthened lines on the west side in preparation for a burnout that will occur as soon as conditions are favorable. The Powers Helibase is in operation.
Today’s Fire Operations: If conditions are favorable, a burnout will be implemented on the east flank. Crews will continue to prep lines on the west flank for a burnout. Equipment is being hauled out of the Rogue River corridor. Contingency line construction continues on the northeast and northwest flanks of the fire. A team of fire fighters has been identified to assist with new fire starts.
Weather: The quiet weather pattern is expected to continue for the next few days with warm and dry conditions through Thursday. A weak system may move through on Friday or Saturday, bringing with it a small chance of thunderstorms. No wind threats are in the forecast. Smoke impacts from burnout operations are possible.
Evacuations: A Level 2 evacuation is in place for residences north of the Rogue River and south of the Marial Byway. Residents in this vicinity should be prepared to leave if asked. A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west. Hazards from the approaching fire may be severe in these locations and residents should take precautionary measures to protect persons with special needs, pets, livestock, and mobile property.
Bear Camp Road (BLM # 34-8-36 and Forest Service #23) is officially closed. See websites above for additional information. The National Guard is providing staffing at all road closure checkpoints.
Burnt Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 2308, is closed from the junction with Forest Road 2300 to the junction with Forest Road 3300.
Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.