Summary: The Rough Patch Complex on the Umpqua National Forest started July 29 when 20-plus lightning fires resulted from thunderstorms in the area. Several more fires were added to the Complex including the Jack Fire when another storm moved through August 1, bringing the total identified fires to 42. Northwest Incident Management Team (IMT) 13 (Type 2) managed the Complex along with the Jack Fire.
On August 16, 2021, the Great Basin Management Team 2 (Type 1 IMT) assumed command of the fires at 6:00 a.m. Total size of the Rough Patch Complex was 12,956 acres. Several smaller fires had been contained by this time, with the largest fires being the Chaos, Little Bend Creek, Near Minky and Buckhead.
On August 28, Northern Rockies Team 1 (Type 1 IMT) assumed command of the fires. The Rough Patch Complex then consisted of four fires: Chaos, Little Bend, Buckhead and Near Minky.
On September 10, Great Basin Management Team 2 (Type 1 IMT) assumed command of the Complex.
On September 23, Northwest Team 7 (Type 2 IMT) assumed command of the fire Complex at 6:00 a.m. The Rough Patch Complex consists of four primary fires, Chaos, Little Bend, Buckhead and Near Minky. The Smith Fire from the Devils Knob Complex is in close proximity to the Near Minky Fire but managed by another incident management team. Multiple precipitation events drastically reduced the fire behavior moving the suppression tactics to suppression repair efforts.
The Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team assumed command of the fire on October 1, with the intent of reducing the footprint of the fire suppression tactics and continue the suppression repair efforts.
The Rough Patch Complex is being managed under a full suppression strategy. Public and firefighter safety is the number one priority. In addition, protection of communities, timber resources, private property, highway corridors and recreational improvements are key considerations.
Closures & Additional Information:
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Fire Restriction information:
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|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday July 29th, 2021 approx. 08:55 PM|
|Incident Commander||Mike Haydon, Incident Commander, Rocky Mountain Area Blue Team|
|Coordinates||43.511 latitude, -122.676 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||74%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM|
Closed Timber LitterTimber (Litter and Understory)
Douglas-fir overstory with a mix of both high load conifer litter and understory of brush and small trees. Portions of the fire area include older high severity burn scars with mostly brush, snags, and downed tree boles.
The fire is burning on steep ground in timber. Residual effects of recent precipitation and successful suppression action has reduced fire behavior to isolated smoldering in heavy fuels.
Continue to monitor fire where indirect strategies are in place. Continue implementation of fire suppression repair in priority areas where weather and road conditions allow.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Moderate weather with minimal fire behavior.
Current mapped acres for the Rough Patch Complex are 50409. Fires previously reported account for the 25 acre difference, but are no longer being tracked by the incident. Per NWCC direction, these incidents will remain in the 209. As these incidents have already been consumed by the complex, they are marked 100% contained under a full suppression strategy. Incidents containment percentage have been updated.
All cost for this complex is being entered under the Chaos Fire for 209 purpose.
Today: Cold and clear to start the day. Once the sun rises, temperatures quickly warm to a few degrees higher than Monday. Clouds will also increase through the day. A cold front reaches the area by 2400 hours with rain/snow showers post-frontal into early Wednesday morning.
Tomorrow: Precipitation diminishes before 0800 hours with about 0.3 inches of liquid equivalent total. Clouds will gradually clear late day with cooler temperatures. Winds will be breezy out of the northwest.
Thursday through Saturday: Warmer and drier through the period with temperatures reaching the mid-60s in valleys, cooler at higher elevations. Mornings will start off cold with areas of stratus/fog each day. Winds will increase on Saturday slightly out of the southwest in advance of the next approaching cold front on Sunday.