Big Windy Fire Update August 20, 2013
Incident: Big Windy Complex Wildfire
Big Windy Complex: The Rogue Wild & Scenic River remains open with some restrictions, despite rumors to the contrary. Please contact the Smullin Visitor Center at 541-479-3735 if you have questions about the restrictions.
Yesterday’s Fire Operations: South of the river, crews worked to secure and strengthen the containment lines. Strong, hot and dry winds from the north aligned with drainages, resulting in three small spot fires. Quick suppression actions were taken and all three were successfully extinguished. A swing shift was established to support burnout operations. The group will work from noon until midnight to assist with the burnouts at the most optimal time. The River Group provided continued support at Zane Grey and the Rogue River Ranch.
Today’s Fire Operations: Fire fighters were warned to maintain situational awareness at all times since active fire behavior is expected today. Spotting, torching, and short crown runs are possible. Crews will continue to burnout along the containment lines to remove unburned fuels from between the line and the main fire. To date, the containment lines have held, despite increased winds.
Today, a spike camp will be established to support several hotshot crews at the Bear Camp Overlook. This remote camp will reduce drive times and allow for a more efficient burnout and holding operation.
Weather: Warm, dry air is in the forecast for today. Northerly winds are expected to increase, creating more active fire behavior. Torching, spotting, and the potential for runs are all possible, particularly in areas where winds and steep slopes align.
Evacuations: A Level 2 evacuation is in place north of the Rogue River and south of the Marial Byway. Residents should be prepared to leave if asked. A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west where hazards from the approaching fire may be severe. Residents should take precautionary measures to protect persons with special needs, pets, livestock, and mobile property.
Grave Creek to Marial Back Country Byway, which includes Mt. Reuben Road (34-8-1 Road), 32-8-31 Road, a portion of the 32-8-9.2 Road, and the Marial Access Road (32-9-14.2).
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.