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Windigo Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

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

Highlighted Activity

08/18/2022 Windigo, Potter, Big Swamp Daily Update 8/18/22
 Windigo-Potter-Big Swamp - Fire UpdateAugust 18, 2022 Fire Information Phone: 541-625-0687 (8am - 7pm)                             Email: 2022.Windigo@firenet.govPotter.
News - 08/18/2022
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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 has begun.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSaturday July 30th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Location10 miles NE of Lemolo Lake, 20NM SW of La Pine, OR
Incident CommanderAlan Lawson, NW IMT 10
Coordinates43.363 latitude, -122.052 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel383
Size1,007 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 01st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) Medium Logging Slash

Brush (2 feet)

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

Moderate

Flanking

Isolated Torching

Short-range Spotting

Consumption of interior islands will continue until the bump into adjacent area devoid of surface fuels. Low intensity, creeping surface fire potential in spots adjacent to Windigo Butte.

Outlook

Planned Actions

IA potential expected to increase Tuesday (8-16) through Thursday (8-18) due to forecasted thunderstorm activity.

Pull backhaul hose

Type 2 crews are filling in behind on Windigo to initiate suppression repairs.

Evaluate opening of the PCT.

Repair and post fire clean up.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Decreasing nighttime humidity recovery. Interior islands continue to smolder and consume. No movement expected. Lightning expected

24 hours: Consecutive evenings of poor to fair recovery, warming temperatures, increasing instability and potential for thunderstorm outflow winds. Smoldering interior pockets of unburned fuel will kindle to a flame. Isolated interior torching potential. No threat to the line is expected.

48 hours: Consecutive evenings of poor to fair recovery, warming temperatures Smoldering interior pockets of unburned fuel will kindle to a flame. Isolated interior torching potential. No threat to the line is expected.

72 hours: Smoldering will continue on the interior of the fire, with unburned island consumption. Atmospheric conditions improve.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Smoldering will continue on the interior of the fire, with unburned island consumption. Mop up of spots outside the line with minimal fire behavior expected.

Remarks

MT NW 10 has taken over on 8/16/2022.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Wednesday was an active weather day with a Red Flag Warning in effect across the fire. The morning started off much warmer with poor humidity recovery, generally below 30% on the ridges. Thunderstorms began building around 1400. As of 1500, several showers and thunderstorms were spread across the area, with additional activity expected to develop through the evening. Gusty outflow winds and lightning are expected. Some showers may linger overnight into Thursday morning.

The Red Flag Warning continues on Thursday as conditions remain warm and unstable. Thunderstorms with gusty outflow wind and lightning are again possible in the afternoon. Otherwise, temperatures will remain warm but a few degrees cooler. Looking ahead, conditions will cool and dry out Friday, with moderating temperatures expected this weekend.