Falcon Complex Fire Update
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Tim Keith
August 21, 2017 - 9:00 PM
General Updates: Today, smoke from the very active Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings, Oregon blanketed the area. Visibility was limited and temperatures were moderated throughout the Complex except at the highest elevations. Twelve of the 15 fires that comprise the Falcon Complex are in patrol status or located in remote areas and being monitored by air. Firefighters are focused on suppression and containment of the remaining fires. Closures and Use Restrictions: The Umpqua National Forest has implemented multiple Forest Road, Trail, and Public Use Restrictions. Check the Umpqua National Forest website for closure. The full Closure Order may be viewed at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/umpqua/notices/?cid=FSEPRD555249. Public Use Restrictions may be viewed at the following link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd554660.pdf Air Quality: Air quality reported from Air Now http://www.airnow.gov/ dropped from moderate (yellow) to unhealthy for sensitive groups (UHSG) (orange) air quality range. The “UHSG” range is defined as the air quality is unhealthy for people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged activity or heavy exertion. Incident Management: Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, with Tim Keith, Incident Commander, is managing and supporting the firefighters of the Falcon Complex. The Team is also providing logistical support to District assigned firefighters. The incident command post (ICP) is located at the Milo Academy in Milo near Tiller, Oregon. Fire Information Center: (541) 825-3761 Available 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. E-mail: FalconComplex17@gmail.com Information Websites: Inciweb –https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5484 and Facebook Falcon Complex Wildland Fires. Weather: Tonight’s weather will be mostly clear skies but smoky. Smoke will continue to affect fire weather with a combination of smoke from our fires and the Chetco Bar Fire. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-40s to mid-60 degree range and relative humidities are expected to be in the 40 to 85% range depending on the elevation. Current Fire Information: Upper Ash Flat – 1,932 acres, 20% containment - this fire remains the top priority in the Complex. It is located in the upper headwaters of Ash Creek, approximately 1.5 miles from the upper end of the valley floor and the nearest private structures. Crews have completed burnout operations and are mopping up to create a reinforced fireline. Double Buck – 497 acres, 10% containment – located directly east of Skookum Pond. Firefighters conducted burnout operations today down to the FR 29. Crews will mop-up hotspots to further secure the containment lines. A burn plan has been completed in preparation for reducing interior fuels using the plastic, spherical (ping-pong ball) dispensing machine flown by helicopter. This tool allows fire to be strategically placed on the landscape in a controlled manner to reduce interior fuels. Firefighters will patrol established lines and extinguish any spots over the containment lines. Paradise– 372 acres, 5% containment –located on the ridge between Paradise and Cougar Creeks, south of Jackson Creek. The Indirect line is being prepped along the FR 500 and off the FR 68. Crews mopped-up the burnout from yesterday further securing the established fire line. Fires in Patrol Status: Buckskin – 52 acres – located north of Buckeye Creek along FR 730; some internal burning was visible. Horse Camp – .1 acre – located at the Horse Camp Campground. Fire # 292 – 6 acres – located 2 miles from the junction of FR 530 and FR 29; Tallow – 89 acres – located between Ralph and Tallow Creeks; some internal burning was visible. Freeze (#317) – 5 acres – located in the headwaters of Freeze Creek. Pup (formerly Hershberger) – 83 acres – located in the headwaters of Hershberger Creek near Pup meadow in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness. Cougar (#284) – 40 acres – located west of Abbott Creek. Fire # 280, 282 – 1 acre each – located in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness. Lone Woman (285) – .25 acre – located in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness. Fire #283 – 3 acres – located west of Abbott Creek at the junction of FR 330 and FR 331. Windy Gap – 18 acres – located in the Research Natural Area of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, 1 mile west of Abbott Butte. Managers have worked in concert with the District Resource Specialists and determined that no suppression tactics will be implemented on Windy Gap at this time. During today’s patrol, it was observed that the fire had bumped down to the FR 68. This FR will be closed tonight and indefinitely due to firefighter traffic working from the road way. Resources: The Falcon Complex is supporting 571 personnel, comprised of 3-type 1 crews, 3-type 2 initial attack crews, 4-type 2 crews, 2-camp crews, 23-engines, 2-masticators, 2-heavy helicopters, 1-medium helicopter, 3- light helicopters, 4-dozers, 14-water tenders and 140 overhead. Available resources remain limited and are being prioritized within the region and nationally. Resources continue to be shared amongst nearby fires. Additional critical resources have been reordered.
Air Operations: The helibase is located at the River View Ranch. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area restricting aerial public access. Please check the NOTAMs prior to flying. The public is reminded all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted within the TFR, delaying fire suppression efforts. Flying manned or unmanned aircraft within the TFR is against the law.