High Cascades Complex

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High Cascades Complex


Approximate Location

42.935 latitude, -122.407 longitude

Incident Overview

Map shows perimeters of fires within the High Cascades Complex and also area closures and road closures and OHV trail closures

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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 and Umpqua NF Tiller RD
Incident CommanderChad Schmidt, Type 3 IC
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel212
Size27,476 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained35%
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. Heavy surface fuels and litter layer only partially receptive to fire spread.

Significant Events

Minimal Smoldering, Creeping.


Planned Actions

Implementing suppression repair plans on previously used control features. Focus activities on repairing hand line and documenting suppression repair data.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Creeping and smoldering in heavy surface fuels to continue. Little to no fire spread expected for the next several days.

24 hours: Drying and warming trend is expected to begin late Tuesday through the end of the week but little or no fire spread expected.

48 hours: Drying and warming trend is expected t little or no fire spread expected.

72 hours: Drying and warming trend is expected t little or no fire spread expected.


The High Cascades Complex is now comprised of only the Broken Lookout and Pup Fires, a total of 27,460 acres.

Acres burned by ownership:

Umpqua National Forest = 15,722

Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest = 11,738

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 0700 hrs, command of the High Cascades Complex will be transferred to two type 3 organizations. The portions of the Pup and Broken Lookout Fires on the Rogue Siskiyou National Forest will be commanded by ICT3 Chad Schmidt. The portions of the fires on the Umpqua National Forest will be commanded by ICT3 Mike Crites. The fire has not experienced any perimeter growth since receiving significant rains the week of September 18th. Fire suppression activity is minimal. Nearly all effort is now directed at suppression repair. There are no national resources, no aircraft, and no significant number of non-local resources. A single 209 will be submitted once a week, unless significant activity occurs. IC's will coordinate and supply information for the ICS-209 to Rogue Valley Interagency Communication Center for submission.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Wednesdays forecast:

Sunny and warmer

Highs 58 to 63 ridge to the 70 to 75 valleys.

Min RH: 20-30%

Wind-East-southeast- 6-10 mph gusts to around 15 mph.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contacts

Rogue-River Siskiyou NF
Phone: 541-957-1200
High Cascades Complex
Email: blanketcreekfireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 541-316-8352
Hours: 7am - 9pm
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