Fire Update – 08/26/2013 9:00 AM PDT
Incident: Big Windy Complex Wildfire
Yesterday’s Fire Operations: The fire received from one to three tenths inches of rain yesterday. This additional moisture, especially on the eastern flank, will help the hotshot crews scout and build fireline directly on the fire edge and up the Howard Creek area. The south flank of the fire is being monitored and patrolled which will allow the release of some equipment and firefighters. On the west flank firefighters used 21,000 gallons of water to mop-up and secure the fire perimeter. In Galice no structures are in immediate danger from the fire, but if it becomes more active firefighters are ready to reengage. Today’s Fire Operations: Firefighters will take advantage of the unseasonably cool and moist conditions to explore options of working closer to the fire’s edge to contain the fire. This will still require some burnout operations which could occur when fuels are drier later in the week. Over the next few days, firefighters will prepare these new containment lines by falling snags, brushing roads, and connecting existing firebreaks. Weather: It is expected to be mostly cloudy today with high temperatures from 78 to 83 degrees in the valleys and 64 to 71 on the ridges. After today the forecast calls for warmer weather with gradual drying throughout the week. Evacuations: A Level 2 evacuation is in place north of the Rogue River and south of the Marial Byway. A Level 1 evacuation is in effect in the Galice area and west. 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. Structure protection firefighters are on standby in Galice in case they should be needed. Closures: 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 23 to the junction with Forest Road 33. Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch.