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Windigo Fire

Unit Information

Umpqua National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Roseburg, OR 97471

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Fire Information
Email: 2022.windigo@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-625-0687
Hours: M-S 8am-7pm

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The lighting caused Windigo Fire started on July 30, 2022.  The fire actively burned in timber near Windigo Pass off Forest Service Road 60 on the Douglas and Klamath county divide. The fire was originally estimated to be approximately 100 acres. A closure for public safety is in place for a portion of the the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000). As of mid August, the firelines are holding and repair of fire suppression activities is nearing completion. Areas closed due to fire hazards were adjusted in areas where fire activity and hazards to the public have been mitigated.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/ Natural
Date of OriginSaturday July 30th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Location10 miles NE of Lemolo Lake, 20NM SW of La Pine, OR
Incident CommanderTyson Albrecht NW9
Incident DescriptionLightning/Natural
Coordinates43.363 latitude, -122.052 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel149
Size1,007 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 01st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Closed Timber Litter

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Medium Logging Slash

Narrative:

Fuels range from open hemlock stands in upper elevations to mixed conifer stands with brush, understory and slash. Timber reproduction stands are scattered throughout the general area, as are previous fire scars.

Significant Events

Minimal

Creeping

Smoldering

Strong dry east winds. Continued consumption of unburned interior islands. Low intensity creeping in duff and jackpots of heavy fuels.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Patrol control lines and continue suppression repair on forest road 60.

Critical repair work to hold continues as the fires transition to the Type 3 organization. Current crews will time out while another crew has been extended to try to support this incoming organization.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Poor humidity recovery overnight will allow continued smoldering through the night.

24 hours: High winds and low humidities will highlight smokes that have not been found. Interior heat will continue to consume heavy fuels and duff.

48 hours: Moderate fire behavior with interior smoldering.

72 hours: Minimal smoldering expected. No movement outside of containment lines expected.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Minimal smoldering expected. No movement outside of containment lines expected.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Ridgetop and gap winds increases to 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph overnight, while relative humidities remained around 20%. Cinnamon and Emigrant RAWS gusted up to 20 mph overnight, with much lighter winds in the deeper/protected valleys. Today winds have continued to increase across the aligned midslope valleys and ridgetop/gaps with localized gusts in the 20 to 30 mph range. Cinnamon has gusted to 28 mph and Emigrant to 27 mph, while relative humidity values have fallen into the single digits and lower teens. Temperatures are warming quickly into the 80s under mostly sunny skies this afternoon.

A Red Flag Warning continues until 10 AM Saturday for breezy east winds and critically low relative humidites, including very poor recoveries. Breezy ridgetop and gap winds will prevail overnight, but quickly decrease on by Saturday afternoon. Localized gusts 20 to 30 mph are possible, but winds decrease to 10 to 15 mph by evening, with much lighter winds in protected valleys. Much above normal temperatures continue with readings in the upper 80s to mid 90s. Very poor relative humidities are expected overnight and critically low again on Saturday, with moderately unstable conditions. Cooler temperatures, lighter terrain driven winds, and intervals of clouds are expected for Sunday into early next week, along with higher relative humidity values.