Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd. Medford OR. 97504 Oregon
Medford, OR 97504
Blanket Creek Fire Information Update
August 11, 2017
Start Date: July 26, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 4,800 acres Containment: 39% Personnel: 733
Location: Approximately seven miles east of Prospect, Oregon
Current Situation: - Firefighters continue to gain ground on the Blanket Creek Fire. Cooler temperatures and recent precipitation have helped firefighters with less intense fire behavior. The fire is currently 39% contained. The hand line around the fire in the Lick Creek drainage on the northwestern edge earlier this week continues to hold.
At this time, there are no structures or private resources considered threatened. Oregon Department of Forestry has moved resources to other incidents while firefighters continue to reinforce a contingency fireline along Forest Road 6215, tying into the Ginko Road to the north of the fire. Many portions of the west side of the fire are in mop up stage, though the Lick Creek drainage area still poses a threat.
The fire continues to burn slowly on its eastern end, within Crater Lake National Park. Hotshot crews are working to check its spread in the Union Peak area and identify suppression opportunities as it burns within the 2008 Middle Fork Fire burn scar.
The current plan is to use direct and indirect suppression techniques to contain the fire west and south of Union Peak. Standing snags, poor access and rugged terrain provide significant challenges for firefighters to safely engage. This requires fire managers to match their strategy and tactics to the risks involved for the crews working in the area and the values their work will protect across the landscape.
With lower temperatures and precipitation from recent thunderstorms, fire behavior has moderated. Some areas of the Blanket Creek Fire received over .75 of an inch of rain which has helped firefighting operations. Additional thunderstorm activity in the vicinity of the fire is forecast today. This may produce gusty and erratic winds that can increase fire behavior. A drying trend with associated westerly winds is forecast into the weekend.
Today is Type 1 California Incident Management Team 3’s (CIIMT3) first shift managing the Blanket Creek and Spruce Lake Fires. California IIMT3 also assumes responsibility for coordinating Initial Attack (IA) operations on 400,000 acres of land, north of the Middle Fork of the Rogue River on the High Cascades Ranger District. Currently there are 36 additional smaller fires within this management area ranging in size from .10 of an acre to 20 acres that IA resources will be responding to.
15 Fire Crews 18 Fire Engines 23 Water Tenders
7 Helicopters 1 Bulldozers Total Personnel: 733
Weather: Temperatures will remain in the 60s and 70s throughout the fire area. Isolated afternoon thunderstorms are possible this afternoon bringing gusty winds and cloud build up.
Crater Lake NP Closures: PCT from Hwy 62 to South Park Boundary, Union Peak Trail, Stuart Falls Trail, Pumice Flat Trail. Additional closures in the park from the Spruce Lake Fire. Further information can be found https://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.
Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Closures: FSR 6205 from Crater Lake NP boundary west to Forest Boundary.Information can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/