Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504
COMMUNITY MEETING: There will be a Hendrix Fire Community Meeting tonight at 7 pm. It will be held at the Hendrix Fire Incident Command Post (Fire Camp) located at the intersection of Highway 238 and Hamilton Road in Ruch, Oregon. This meeting will be followed by a short tour of the fire camp. It will also be streamed on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/HendrixFire2018/.
An approaching cold front will bring slightly drier and cooler air today. Maximum temperatures near the fire will be 76-82 degrees while valley temperatures will top out in the mid-90s. Relative humidity will range from 23-28%. Winds will be light in the morning and then become gusty in the afternoon. These winds should assist in clearing out some residual smoke and slightly improve air quality. This trend will continue through Saturday. Hotter temperatures are forecasted to return early next week.
Crews spent yesterday actively patrolling the fire’s perimeter. Work has begun to repair secondary dozer lines which are no longer needed for fire suppression. Berms created by dozers are being removed and steps to control erosion are being implemented. Firefighters continued to pull surplus equipment off the fireline, some of which is being reassigned to other fires in the area. A chipper is being used to grind vegetation that was piled along Forest Service roads during fire suppression activities. An excavator has been brought in to help dig out partially buried logs which are still smoldering underground.
CURRENT EVACUATION ORDERS: The evacuation level remains at Level 1 for the Jackson County Hendrix Fire evacuation area. Level 1 means “BE READY” for potential evacuation. Residents should be vigilant and monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. For the latest information, go to http://jacksoncountyor.org/sheriff/. Residents in the area are encouraged to sign up for Citizen Alert at http://www.jacksoncounty.org/alert. More information about evacuation levels and preparedness can be found at http://www.rvem.org.
CURRENT CLOSURES: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Hendrix Fire Area Closure for the southern portion of the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District remains in effect. Detailed information and a map of the area closure are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday July 15th, 2018 approx. 08:30 AM|
|Location||9 miles southwest of Ashland, Oregon|
|Incident Commander||R. Cox, Type 3 Incident Commander (USFS)|
|Coordinates||42.099 latitude, -122.854 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||72%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday August 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Medium Logging Slash
Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering
Continue to patrol, monitor, and mop up fire edge. Continue gridding and validating dozer lines as control features. Periodically re-validate interior potential of south and interior islands. Plan/validate current alternate and contingency lines. Coordinate lend lease usage of Type 1 helicopter support as necessary to keep interior island fire on the surface.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Possibility of consumption of interior islands based on projected weather forecast.
Updated containment and map products will be based on validation dozer lines that serve as control lines. Area closure, Order No. 06-10-20-18-69 for the Forest Service, on the south end of the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District: this closure no longer includes the Pacific Crest Trail, but uses it to define the southerly boundary of the closure. Objectives are continuing to be met primarily due to the continuity of resources and weather. We found the southeast corner to be most difficult to construct line based on the fact we will not jeopardize firefighter safety. The safety and well-being of individuals is our highest priority. We do, however, find this area to have a high success rate of holding in place. We will continue to be persistent in our efforts to contain this fire using every available resource in a safe and efficient manner.
Drier, cooler air will move through the area Friday. Possible gusty WNW winds by later afternoon, but dying down by evening. Cooling trend for both Friday and Saturday, with possible NE wind developing later in the weekend.