Miller Complex

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Miller Complex


Approximate Location

42.039 latitude, -123.218 longitude

Incident Overview

Morning smoke inversionon the Abney Fire, taken by Division Supervisor

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On August 14, a series of thunder and lightning storms moved through the area igniting 25 wildfires. In order to better manage resources, the Miller Complex was established. A Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT) was initially ordered to facilitate firefighting efforts. Due to a recent reduction in the complexity of the incident, A Type 3 IMT has taken over management of the fire suppression and repair activities on the complex.

The complex is 70% contained and personnel are expected to remain on the fire until a season-ending event, such as sufficient snow, to stop fire activity.

Safety remains a priority while taking into account the heavy fuel loading, steep slopes, rugged terrain and difficult access featured on the forest. Fire activity is expected to increase as temperatures warm and humidity recoveries decrease over the next week. Fire managers will continue to identify opportunities to limit fire spread on the Abney Fire and improve existing contingency lines.

Firefighters will monitor both the Burnt Peak and Creedence incidents to ensure that fire remains within established containment lines. Additionally, crews and equipment will be utilized to back-haul or remove equipment no longer needed and also repair the impacts from the fire suppression effort. These repair measures include: building water bars, covering hand lines and dozer lines and chipping woody debris. The Knox fire is being monitored by air, and has shown minimal fire activity.

In the Joe Bar area, the fire has now backed down to the creek as anticipated. The warning to evacuate was lifted September 19 and residents were notified.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 14th, 2017 approx. 02:00 PM
Location20 west of Ashland, OR
Incident CommanderRobert Burnside ICT3, Jimmer Hunt ICT3(T)
Incident DescriptionA Series Of Thunder/lightning Storms Moved Through The Area On August 14, Igniting 25 Wildfires That Were Managed As The Miller Complex. As Of 9-22-17, A Type 3 Incident Management Team Assumed Command Of The Complex. Firefighter And Public Safety Remains The Top Priority For This Wildfire.

Current Situation

Total Personnel167
Size36,496 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained70%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory). Mixed conifer understory with Shasta red fir dominance and numerous snags.

Significant Events

Fire Behavior is Moderate in some areas, limited to creeping, smoldering and backing in others.


Planned Actions

Patrol, hold, and mop up areas that are currently contained with direct line.

Hold fire south of containment lines to the NE portion of the Abney Fire.

For uncontained fire edge on Creedence Fire and in the Northern half of the Abney Fire, patrol and manage fire within primary control lines using established trigger points and actions.

Do not engage in any actions in identified avoidance areas due to significant risk to firefighters from snags and rolling material.

Work directly with READs to address resource concerns. Construct water bars according to defined standards in all divisions. Complete other suppression repair where it can be done without compromising the integrity of needed control lines.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Minimal fire behavior expected overnight.

24 to 72 hours: Fire behavior may increase as a warming and drying trend will enter the region.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Fire behavior may increase as a warming and drying trend will enter the region.


Acres of Miller Complex (Abney fire) on Klamath NF = 10,219 acres.

The Abney fire is located on two separate National Forests, two GACC's, two states, 3 counties and 2 IMT's.

Abney Fire - 29,647 acres - 55% contained

Burnt Peak Fire - 4,147 acres - 82% contained

Creedence Fire - 2,089 acres - 69% contained

Knox - 492 acres - monitor

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A warming and drying trend expected through the middle of next week. Temperatures are expected to be 5-10 degrees above normal by midweek.

Unit Information

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

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