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Blanket Creek Fire

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Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd. Medford OR. 97504 Oregon
Medford, OR 97504

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The Blanket Creek fire is visible burning in heavy timber from the air. Smoke and Type 1 Helicopter are visible.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Start Date: July 26, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 4,820 acres Containment: 51% Personnel: 724

Location: Approximately seven miles east of Prospect, Oregon

Current Situation: Crews will continue to extinguish hot spots in the northeast section of the fire working toward the rock bluff and are being assisted with helicopter water drops. With the direct sun exposure yesterday, the eastern portion of the fire did see some increased fire activity. Large fuels including old snags from previous fires are smoldering and generating more smoke, but most is interior burning within the fire perimeter

Initial Attack: Firefighters responded to approximately 40 new lightning ignitions across the High Cascades Ranger District and Crater Lake National Park. These fires are being staffed and have been able to place at least 10 of those fires within monitoring status.

A Community Meeting at Diamond Lake Campground Amphitheater, Sunday August 13th for a fire information update for Crater Lake NP, Umpqua NF, and Rogue River-Siskiyou NF.

For a current map of the area including the Spruce Lake Fire and initial attack fires in the area, click here.

Crater Lake NP Closures: PCT from Hwy 62 to South Park Boundary, Union Peak Trail, Stuart Falls Trail, Pumice Flat Trail. Additional closures in the park from the Spruce Lake Fire. Further information can be found

Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Closures: FSR 6205 from Crater Lake NP boundary west to Forest Boundary.Information can be found at here.

Weather: A cool front is coming into the area bringing slightly cooler temperatures in the low-mid 70s and some cloud cover in the afternoon. Afternoon winds of about 11-14 mph are expected again.

Smoke Report: To see smoke visibility in the area, check out the webcams on the Crater Lake NP website. A smoke report can be found here.

Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Campfire Information: On August 14, the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest will move to Stage 2 Public Use Restrictions. Stage 2 Restrictions will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on August 14, 2017 in all Wilderness Areas except for the Siskiyou Wilderness. Restrictions will be applicable to the following Wilderness Areas: Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area; Red Buttes Wilderness Area; Sky Lakes Wilderness Area; Copper Salmon Wilderness Area; Wild Rogue Wilderness Area; Grassy Knob Wilderness Area; Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness Area

With the inclusion of Wilderness Areas in the Stage 2 Restrictions, visitors to those areas will no longer be allowed to build campfires, although the use of propane and liquid-powered commercial stoves will be permitted. Smoking in a wilderness area will only be allowed in an area that is clear of vegetation and measures at least 3 feet in diameter, or while aboard watercraft on waterways. All other applicable Wilderness regulations apply for visitors to all eight Wilderness Areas on the RRSNF.

Stage 2 Restrictions are already in effect for the rest of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest with the exception of designated campgrounds. For a full listing, public use restrictions including restrictions on campfires, smoking, and use of motor vehicles and generators click here.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 25th, 2017 approx. 05:58 AM
Location6 miles northeast of Prospect, Oregon
Incident CommanderMark von Tillow
Coordinates42.799 latitude, -122.322 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel724
Size4,820 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained51%
Estimated Containment DateThursday August 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory). Mixed conifer dominated by Shasta red fir over-story, with heavy dead and down, deep duff, and numerous snags of varying heights.

Significant Events

Smoldering, creeping with some active flare ups in fuel jackpots. The eastern portion of the fire remains most active. Eastern side of the fire is consuming mostly dead and down fuels with short range spotting, single and group torching. Spotting between heavy, dead and down fuels, burning to complete ash.


Planned Actions

Crews continue to hotspot along Division C from 800 rd to Division D break in Sec 4. At the Rock Bluffs, crews continue securing Division A/B, E, X, Z, and start backhaul of hose and equipment. Rehab fireline according to forest and turnback standards. Initial attack: respond to current and new fires and secure fireline perimeter.

Projected Incident Activity

The very limited spread will be in the eastern division of the fire. Most of the spread will be on the east side of the fire, primarily in an east direction. Limited growth is expected on remainder of the fire perimeter in this period. Most fire behavior will be smoldering and burning of large down fuels. Some active surface fire with single and small group torching. Limited threat of spot fires. Condition continue to dry out with the chance of single tree and small group torching occurring increasing.


In addition to the Spruce Lake and Blanket Creek fires, the team has initial attack responsibilities for 182,466 acres on Crater Lake National Park and 268,856 acres on the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF High Cascades Ranger District. CIMT2's combined IA response areas totals 451,322 acres.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Early morning temperature lowered into the 50s again, with humidity values increasing to around 80% by midnight. At higher elevations on the fires, humidity values decreased overnight back to around 45%. cumulus clouds began developing east of the fire areas around 110 with mostly clear skies prevailing. Temperatures during the afternoon warmed into the upper 7s at 5500 ft and to around 67 degrees at 7000ft. Minimum humidity values were around 28% across the fire areas this afternoon. The forecast is for a cooling trend is expected to continue Sunday across the Blanket Creek and Spruce Lake Fires with a cold front with slightly increasing wind speeds and wind shifting a bit more to the northwest.