Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504
The Gopher Fire is located in the Sky Lakes Wilderness, approximately 11 miles east of Prospect. The fire is the result of 5 small fires that burned together after the lightning storm that moved through the area September 5th. The fire is burning within the perimeter of the 2008 Middle Fork Fire.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday September 05th, 2019 approx. 07:15 PM|
|Location||11 miles east of Prospect, OR|
|Incident Commander||Aaron Schuh|
|Coordinates||42.715 latitude, -122.255 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||40%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday September 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM|
Large diameter down wood, abundant snags, jackstraw concentration of downed trees and brush/reproduction in the 2008 fire scar of the Middle Fork Fire.
Minimal, creeping, smoldering.
Fire behavior has been reduced to isolated pockets of smoldering duff and ground fuels. Heavy fuels, burning snags, and jack-straw concentrations continue to retain heat and limited smoke production. Cool showery pattern expected to persist for the next several days.
Scout for opportunities to go direct. Hot Spotting and cold trailing existing fire edge.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Fire area is currently receiving rain. Fire behavior will be further reduced to isolated smoldering duff pockets under the timber canopy, and in-place consumption of heavy fuels.
Numerous rain showers through the day. Reduced smoldering, continuing consumption of isolated heavy fuels (log ends, stump holes).
Continuing rain showers, and cooler temperatures will reduce fire activity to widely scattered heavy fuels that will retain heat until consumed or extinguished by additional moisture. Decreased increase in smoke production across the fire due to wet conditions.
Fire is 4 miles from private property.
An unseasonably cool trough of low pressure will remain over the area promoting relatively high RH values and shower activity Monday.
A second cold front will move across the fire area late on Tuesday for another round of wetting rain. Residual moisture and cooler temperatures and shower activity will persist into mid week.