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Daily Update 9/23/17
Miller Complex Fire Update September 23, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. Acres: 36,496 Percent Contained: 70% Start Date: August 14, 2017 Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 185 Location: Private land and... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 12 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

42.039 latitude, -123.218 longitude

Incident Overview

Snags and heavy downed logs continue to burn on the Abney Fire. Although the fire received rain this week, the fire continues to smolder under the heavy forest canopy. Photo Credit: Jacob Welsh

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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
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginMonday August 14th, 2017 approx. 02:00 PM
Location20 miles southwest of Medford, 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. To Better Manage Resources, The Miller Complex Was Established. An Incident Management Team Was Ordered To Facilitate Firefighting Efforts In The Area.

Current Situation

Total Personnel171
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

Minimal, creeping, smoldering

Outlook

Planned Actions

Patrol, hold, and mop 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 over night.

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

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

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.

Remarks

Block 45-reflects the cost entire complex.

SO Cal Team 1 (Fogle) is delegated the most southern area of the Abney fire on the Klamath NF, Miller Complex 209 will Report acres and Strategic actions taken and planned. 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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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

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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