Falcon Complex

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Falcon Complex

INCIDENT UPDATED 7 MIN. AGO

Approximate Location

43.012 latitude, -122.588 longitude

Incident Overview

Tree struck by lightning during August lightning bust 2017..

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The Umpqua National Forest received more than a dozen lightning strikes from a storm on Monday August 8, 2017, that moved through southwest Oregon. The majority of the strikes were along the flanks of the Cascades. Spotty rain accompanied the storm.

Four fires on the Tiller Ranger District are within the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness: in Whitehorse Meadows, south of Poole Creek, and in the Southern tip of the wilderness.

Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8 (Keith) has assumed command of the Falcon Complex on the Tiller Ranger District. The Falcon Complex is comprised of multiple fires.

Air quality from smoke is an ongoing concern For updated information www.airnow.gov or you local health department.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 08th, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
Location25 miles east of Tiller, OR
Incident CommanderTim Keith

Current Situation

Total Personnel552
Size1,100 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained12%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday August 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory) Timber (grass and understory) Brush (2 feet)

100 hour fuels near record lows. Live fuel moisture are very low at lower to mid slope elevation

Significant Events

Active, flanking, backing, smoldering

Outlook

Planned Actions

Direct and indirect suppression, line construction, continued burnout on Upper Ash flat, Double Buck, Buckskin and Paradise. Prepare containment box for Double Buck. Preparation of boxes on Double Buck and Paradise continue as well as burnout operations.Most personnel who have been on wilderness fires been moved to higher priority fires. Monitoring Windy Gap in the RNA. Recon for new starts and continue initial attack.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hr-Fires could move uphill and or up or down drainages especially with wind and slope alignments. Warming and drying trend could cause the fire to threaten private lands and structures especially near Upper Ash Flat. Upper Ash incident continues to consume unburned fuels between main fire and burned out lines. Buckskin continues to consume areas to the north and east as well.

24 hr-12 hr-Fires could move uphill and or up or down drainages especially with wind and slope alignments. Warming and drying trend could cause the fire to threaten private lands and structures especially near Upper Ash Flat. Upper Ash incident continues to consume unburned fuels between main fire and burned out lines. Buckskin continues to consume areas to the north and east as well.

48 hr-Fires could move upslope and or up and down drainage. Warming and drying trend will increase activity.

72 hr-Fires could move upslope and or up and down drainage. Warming and drying trend will increase activity. Paradise fire will tend to move up drainage to the east.

Remarks

The following is a list of fires on the Falcon Complex:

Upper Ash Flat 500 acres; Paradise 166 acres; Double Buck 151 acres; Tallow 84 acres; Pup 73 acres; Buckskin 52 acres; Incident # 284 40 acres; Windy Gap 18 acres; Incident #282 6 acres; Freeze 5 acres; Incident #283 3 acres; Incident # 280 1 acre; Incident #282 1 acre; Horse Camp .1 acre.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Higher temps and lower RH with Haines 5, probably a Haines 5 Friday. Slightly less wind with gusts up to 15 mph. Inversions will hold into the afternoon due to smoke. Warming and drying trend to continue over the next several days.

Unit Information

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Umpqua National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2900 NW Stewart Parkway
Roseburg, OR 97471
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Email: falconcomplex17@gmail.com
Phone: 541-825-3761
Hours: 8:00 am to 9 pm

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