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High Cascades Complex

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Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504

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High Cascades Complex Update August 16, 2017

High Cascades Complex Wildfire
News – 8/16/2017

High Cascades Complex
Daily Fire Update
August 16, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Fire Information: 541-560-3359 7 am to 9pm


Blanket Creek Fire

Start Date: July 26, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 5,295 acres Containment: 60%

Location: Approximately seven miles east of Prospect, Oregon

Current Situation: The fire is creeping along the ground through thick forest litter. As fuels dry out in the afternoon, fire activity could increase to include torching of unburned trees within the fire perimeter. The “super scooper” aircraft is supporting fire crews working on the priority division on the southeast end of the fire.

Spruce Lake Fire

Start Date: July 29, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 5,035 acres Containment: 55%

Location: West side of Crater Lake National Park

Current Situation: On the east side of the fire, crews are monitoring for spot fires from embers carried by the wind as the fire slowly creeps toward natural barriers. On the west side, fire crews are mopping up smoldering embers and repairing fire line. Smoke may be heavy as dead logs smolder inside the fire perimeter.

SHERWOOD FIRE (formerly Roseburg Fire)

Size: 37 Acres Containment: 35% Location: Approximately six miles west of Diamond Lake near Sherwood Butte. Fire crews were supported by the “super scooper” aircraft in building containment line.

Broken Lookout Fire

Size: 32 Acres Containment: 20% Location: Approximately six miles west of the junction of Highways 62 and 230

Crews are working on this fire. Minimal fire activity anticipated.

Round Top and Needle Fires

Size: Total of 18 acres Containment: 100% Location: Approximately six miles northwest of Prospect

Butte and Silent Fires

Size: Total of 7 acres Containment: 100% Location: 5 miles west of the junction of Highways 230 and 138

Values to be protected: Communities of Prospect, Union Creek, Diamond Lake, Mazama Village and Rim Village; Park Headquarters and other infrastructure; old growth forest and northern spotted owl habitat; white bark pine and other sensitive species; visitor experience; unique volcanic ecosystems and landscapes.

Fire Resources:

Fire Crews: 31 Fire Engines: 30 Bulldozers: 3 Water Tenders: 21 Helicopters: 7 Total Personnel: 1,057

Weather: Warmer temperatures and drier air today could lead to increasing fire activity.

Smoke Outlook: To see smoke visibility in the area, check out the webcams on the Crater Lake National Park website https://www.nps.gov/crla/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. A full smoke report is posted on the Inciweb website.

Crater Lake National Park Trail Closures: Pacific Crest Trail from Dutton Creek Trail to North Entrance Road and from Hwy 62 to South Park Boundary; Boundary Springs Trail; Bald Crater Loop Trail; Bert Creek Trail; Lightning Springs Trail; Watchman Trail; Union Peak Trail, Stuart Falls Trail, Pumice Flat Trail. More information at https://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Area Closures: North and south of FSR 6205 from Crater Lake NP boundary west to the Forest Boundary and Park Boundary to Hwy 62. More at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/