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Umpqua North Complex

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Effective Immediately, Emergency Closure Area is Reduced and Portions ...
September 22, 2017 Contact: Chamise Kramer, Public Affairs Specialist (541) 618-2051 Jeff VonKienast, Acting High Cascades District Ranger (541) 560-3440 Effective Immediately, Emergency Closure. more

INCIDENT UPDATED 11 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

43.251 latitude, -122.551 longitude

Incident Overview

Repairing dozer line off Road 28

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The Umpqua North Complex originated early August as lightning storms ignited fires on the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts, located on the Umpqua National Forest. The Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team #3 is currently managing 11 fires within the Complex, located along 35 miles of the Highway 138 corridor. The fires were prioritized dependent on the threat they pose to communities, infrastructure, and private lands. As of September 23, 43,140 acres have burned.

Between Sunday Sept. 17 and Wednesday Sept. 20, portions of the fire area received up to 3" of precipitation. Fire activity is minimal with little movement. The Team has now changed focus from fire suppression to suppression repair. Where the fire burned hot and control lines were dug, the bare ground in the fire line becomes channels for erosion if left unrepaired. Suppression damage is being coordinated with resource advisors and agency direction, to minimize impact to natural and cultural resources. Additional specialized equipment is being brought in daily. The firefighters and ODOT are focusing work around Road 28 with the removal of logs, debris and chipping. Due to the presence of equipment moving around and fire hazards including snags, this area will remain closed to the public until further notice. Crews are also working to ensure safety along the Highway 138 corridor from falling rocks and timber.

A warming and drying trend is developing. There is no rain in the forecast. Relative humidity will drop significantly. As this develops, more smoke will likely be observed. The public is being encouraged to be diligent while in and around the fire area.

Closures have been reduced on the Umpqua National Forest effective September 22,2017.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginFriday August 11th, 2017 approx. 10:30 AM
Location50 miles east of Roseburg,OR along Hwy 138 E.
Incident CommanderTaiga Rohrer, Great Basin Type II Incident Management Team 3
Incident DescriptionComplex Of Multiple Fires In The Umpqua National Forest

Current Situation

Total Personnel456
Size43,140 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber, Tall Grass, and Brush

Significant Events

Weather is warming and drying but fire behavior was minimal following four days of fall like weather. Fire behavior was smoldering and surface creeping.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Firefighters will patrol primary containment lines and contained fires.

Resources will continue with full suppression repair throughout the entire complex.

The U.S. Army Task Force Spearhead strike teams will be deployed across the incident.

The Complex will initial attack new fires in cooperation with and as requested by jurisdictional Fire Management Officers.

Projected Incident Activity

Warmer temperatures, mostly sunny skies, and light winds are forecasted. Fire behavior will be minimal despite clearing because of wet fuel conditions.

Remarks

3 US Army Task Force Spearhead strike teams have been deployed across the incident. Their presence on the incident is tentatively scheduled to remain through 9/25.

The Complex remains prepared to respond to any further initial attack needs.

The following is a list of the known fires being managed in this complex:

Fall Creek Fire #380 is 4827 acres and 100% contained.

Happy Dog Fire #441 & Ragged Ridge Fire at 31,141 acres and 46% contained North of Hwy 138, 40% contained South of Hwy 138.

Oak Nob Fire #372 is 59 acres and 100% contained.

Brokentooth Fire #392 is 3,941 acres.

Devil Fire #305 is 874 acres and 40% contained.

Fire #320 is 115 acres and 99% contained.

Rattlesnake Fire #418 is 1,373 acres and 0% contained.

Copeland Fire #490 is 699 acres.

Fire #443 is 1 acre and contained.

Fire #604 is 0.1 acre and contained.

Fire #643 is 0.1 acre and contained.

Fire #625 is 1.5 acres and contained.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High pressure remains over the region today producing mostly sunny skies, warmer, drier conditions with light northwest winds. Conditions expected to remain warm and dry through much of the week.

Unit Information

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Umpqua National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2900 NW Stewart Parkway
Roseburg, OR 97471
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