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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 25 2017

High Cascades Complex Wildfire
News – 8/25/2017

High Cascades Complex

8/25/2017 10:00 a.m.

Fire Information: (541) 316-8352

blanketcreekfireinfo@gmail.com

Hunters, huckleberry pickers and recreationists, there are numerous large fires on the Rogue River/Siskiyou National Forest, High Cascades Ranger District, north of Prospect, Oregon. If you plan to visit this area, please familiarize yourself with the latest closures and restrictions associated with this fire activity.

Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Area Closures: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/

Crater Lake National Park Trail Closures: https://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

The High Cascades Complex consists of 17 fires located within Crater Lake National Park and the High Cascades Ranger District. Thirteen of these fires have been contained and are in patrol status. The remaining 4 are being managed with a full suppression strategy.

Blanket Creek Fire - Start Date: July 26, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 7,113 acres Containment: 76%

Location: Approximately seven miles east of Prospect, Oregon

Status: The fire has reached and spotted across the Pacific Crest Trail in the Sky Lakes Wilderness, ½ mile south of Crater Lake National Park (CLNP). An emergency closure of the Pacific Crest Trail has been extended from the southern boundary of CLNP to its Junction with the Sevenmile Marsh Trail. Helicopters and Scooper aircraft will continue to drop water to hold the fire from spreading further east and to the bottom of Red Blanket Creek. Hand crews will be prepping indirect line to the east of the fire.

Spruce Lake Fire - Start Date: July 29, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 5,288 acres Containment: 61%
Location: West side of Crater Lake National Park

Status: Interior burning continues. The fire is being monitored. Fireline is being scouted and firefighters are preparing to protect Red Cone.

Sherwood Fire (formerly Roseburg Fire) - Cause: Under investigation Size: 77 Acres Containment: 80%
Location:
Approximately six miles west of Diamond Lake near Sherwood Butte.

Status: Crews are strengthening containment lines around the fire and mopping up hot spots. Suppression operations on the Sherwood Fire will continue today, moving to monitoring status on Saturday.

Broken Lookout Fire - Cause: Lightning Size: 1,232 Acres Containment: 0%

Location: Approximately six miles west of the junction of Highways 62 and 230

Status: This fire continues to back down slope from the Rogue/Umpqua divide within the Abbott Creek drainage. Fires from the neighboring Falcon Complex may merge with Broken Lookout Fire.

Weather/Fire Behavior: Today, a developing thermal trough over SW Oregon will lead to increasing temperatures and potential wind gusts, especially over the ridges. With warming and drying, afternoon northwesterly winds may produce areas of increased fire spread. Hot, dry, and unstable weather is expected to continue through the weekend, leading to increased fire behavior.

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.

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