The Devils Knob Complex on the Umpqua National Forest is a collection of 25 wildfires that started from lightning strikes on July 29 and August 1. On September 19, Pacific Northwest Team 2, a Type 1 Incident Management Team, assumed command of the complex. The largest among them is the Smith Fire, the only uncontained fire within the complex, that is being managed with a full suppression strategy. Seasonal changes with cooler temperatures, increased precipitation and higher relative humidity in the Smith Fire area has significantly decreased fire behavior. While public and firefighter safety remains the number one priority, fire crews are shifting efforts to patrolling fire perimeters and completing suppression repair of the numerous fires in the complex.
The Big Hamlin, Dismal Creek, Little Applegate, Mule Creek, Section 30 (Railroad) and Wild Cat fires are also fires in the Complex, but have been contained and are in patrol status.
Evacuations: All homes on Ash Valley Road and all homes on South Umpqua Road starting at Dumont Creek Campground to the 28000 block of South Umpqua Road are under a Level 2 “BE SET” evacuation advisory. An interactive evacuation map can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations www.dcso.com/evacuations. Please contact Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for details.
Closures: There is a temporary area closure in place for the Devils Knob Complex. For additional information see: Umpqua National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov) .
Temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) remain in place over the fires. TFR violations can disrupt aerial firefighting operations and may force fire managers to ground essential aircraft. Wildfires are a no-fly zone for unauthorized aircraft, including drones. If you fly, we can’t.http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
As of September 18, 2021, the Umpqua National Forest Public Use Restrictions were set to Level 2. For additional information see: Umpqua National Forest - Land & Resources Management (usda.gov) As of September 20, 2021, Industrial Fire Precaution Levels were set to the following: Call (541) 957-3489 to learn the current IFPL.
For additional information, please visit the Devils Knob Complex Facebook page.
Videos of daily operational briefings and occasional community meetings can be seen by clicking on this link: YouTube.
Hunting: Getting ready for your big hunt? Know before you go! There are numerous forest closures related to the wildfires that have impacted the state this summer. Check out the forest closures relating to the Devils Knob Complex and other fires that might impact your hunting trip:
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|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday August 03rd, 2021 approx. 08:00 AM|
|Location||Fires span across the entire Tiller Ranger District|
|Incident Commander||Pacific Northwest Team 2, Rob Allen Incident Commander|
|Incident Description||Multiple wildfires|
|Coordinates||42.979 latitude, -122.809 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||54%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 10:00 PM|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Primary fuels are a mixed conifer/ponderosa overstory with several degrees of understory. Understory ranges from grass and light shrubs in the meadows and along the forest edges, to heavy dead and down with reproduction mixed in. The heavy shrub/reprod understory is allowing for vertical movement of the fire when burning conditions allow.
Minimal fire behavior . Fuel conditions are the driest they will be for the period. Heavy fuels continue to hold heat and consume. Lighter fuels may consume in areas that received less rainfall or were protected from the precipitation. Some open fire on Quartz Mtn. No threat.
Continue to monitor and patrol the control lines throughout the Devils Knob complex. Suppression
repair continues including chipping, line repair and road
Continue to implement repair plan.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: Minimal fire activity with no significant movement expected. Fire expected to remain within completed and projected containment lines.
24 hours: Some precip predicted. Minimal activity. Fire should remain within completed and projected containment lines. Some continued consumption of green islands within the projected perimeter.
The Devils Knob Complex is currently at 70,109 acres.
The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribal Lands: 97 Acres
Private Lands: 1,099 Acres
USFS Land: 68,913 Acres
Daily COVID Situation - 09/26/2021
Currently in Isolation - 0
Currently in Quarantine - 0
New Tests (last 24 hrs) - 0
New Positive Results - 0
A cold front is expected to move into the fire area during the
morning hours. This will bring light rain in the morning, then
continue into the overnight hours. Much cooler temperatures are expected through Wednesday. Snow levels could lower to as low as 4500-5000 feet Tuesday morning. Total accumulations of up to 1.00 inch are possible by Tuesday morning. Lingering showers expected in the morning, then clearing by the afternoon. Overnight lows Tuesday night can be expected to lower into the 30s as skies clear.
Near seasonal normals are expected by late week with a slight threat of light rain with another front Thursday and into Friday.