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High Cascades Complex


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Approximate Location

42.935 latitude, -122.407 longitude

Incident Overview

High Cascades Complex Summary

Lightning storms in late July and early August ignited over 40 fires west of Crater Lake. Although most are no longer burning, the five that remain active are being managed as the High Cascades Complex. Several Incident Management Teams have rotated through the complex. In early September, the High Cascades Complex broke out into two zones: West Zone and East Zone. West Zone’s focus is on the Broken Lookout and Pup Fires. East Zone is managing the North Pelican, Blanket and Spruce Fires. The fire areas include lands managed by four different land management agencies: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest's High Cascades Ranger District, the Fremont-Winema National Forest's Klamath Ranger District, the Umpqua National Forest's Tiller Ranger District and Crater Lake National Park.

Questions concerning visibility at Crater Lake continue to surface. Webcams are available online for visitors to check prior to heading to Crater Lake National Park at https://www.nps.gov/crla/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday August 13th, 2017 approx. 02:40 PM
LocationRogue River-Siskiyou NF High Cascades RD, Umpqua NF Tiller RD, Fremont-Winema NF Klamath RD and Crater Lake National Park
Incident CommanderShawn Sheldon West Zone/Tim Roide East Zone
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,017
Size79,342 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained32%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Closed Timber Litter

Timber (Litter and Understory)


Mix of coniferous forests with heavy fuel loading and significant litter accumulation. Highest elevations include more openings in forest cover and meadow/sparse grass. Dead/down fuel moisture recovering well from previously very dry conditions.

Significant Events

Minimal, smoldering, creeping and backing.

Narrative: Three days of rain and snow has reduced fire activity to smoldering in the most favored sheltered spots. Heat remains in the heavy dead and down surface fuels and deeper litter layers. No fire spread expected in the next couple of days.


Planned Actions

West Zone - West side of the Pup Fire: Continue road prep for use as containment lines, building hand lines, mop up where needed.

Southern and western sides of the Broken Lookout Fire: Strengthen containment lines and mop up, chipping road slash. Continue with establishing containment lines to reduce acres, otherwise road prep. Continue to use aviation to check fire spread in support of ground suppression forces and needed reconnaissance.

North end of the Broken Lookout Fire: Continue road prep.

North end of the Pup Fire: Continue with establishing containment lines and scouting, road prep. Continue to use aviation to check fire spread in support of ground forces.

East Zone - Utilize crews and equipment to complete indirect containment lines to protect Crater Lake National Park infrastructure. Develop contingency plans for protection of Park Service infrastructure and adjacent values at risk including ODF and private lands. Use risk based strategy and tactics to protect values at risk that have the highest probability of success.

Develop and implement suppression repair plan on control features that are not being utilized North Pelican, Spruce, and Blanket Fires. Evaluation on North Pelican fire to implement containment plans that limit the spread of fire outside the wilderness.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: No movement expected due to accumulated precipitation, consistent high humidity and cooler temperatures.

24 hours: No movement expected.

48 hours: Drying conditions from Thursday into the weekend will slowly lead to fire activity reestablishing. Sill minimal spread expected. 72 hours: War, dry weather reestablishing over the fire area. Fire activity slowly establishing where greatest concentration of heat still persists. Little appreciable spread expected in any direction.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Fire spread in sheltered forest stands at lower elevations where heat remained during storm cycle.


Access is difficult due to weather, road work on hold until conditions are dryer, chipping and repair work continue. West Zone is NW Team 6, but will be transitioning to NW Team 8 early next week. The East Zone is managed by Great Basin Team 4, Tim Roide and Jeff Knudson(T).

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High winds came through the complex overnight into early Wednesday morning. Additional moderate to heavy precipitation ranging from .50" to .75" occurred across the area overnight into this morning.

Relative humidity of 100% dropped into the 80-90% range as temperatures warmed into the lower to middle 50's in the valleys while temperatures remained in the 30's in higher elevations. Additional rain and snow showers are expected tonight.

Showers will diminish tonight through Thursday with a drying and warming trend beginning Friday. Winds will shift from the northwest Thursday to the northeast Friday and a thermal trough develops over northern California.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contacts

High Cascades Complex
Email: blanketcreekfireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 541-316-8352
Hours: 7am - 9pm
High Cascades East Zone
Email: info.ncascade@gmail.com
Phone: 541-238-7164
Hours: 7am-8pm
Crater Lake National Park Fire Information
Email: info.ncascade@gmail.com
Phone: 541-238-7058
Hours: 7am-8pm
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