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High Cascades Complex

Unit Information

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

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High Cascades Update September 9, 2017

High Cascades Complex Wildfire
News – 9/9/2017

The High Cascades Complex is now being managed as two Zones. The West Zone consists of the Broken Lookout and Pup Fires and continues to be managed by NWIMT 7. The East Zone is comprised of the Spruce Lake, Blanket Creek and North Pelican Fires and is being managed by SWIMT 3. Updates will be produced for each Zone and posted to Inciweb under the High Cascades Complex: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5503

There are numerous area, road and trail closures associated with the fires on the High Cascades Complex issued by Crater Lake National Park and the Umpqua, Rogue River-Siskiyou and Fremont-Winema National Forests. Firefighters and fire managers appreciate the cooperation of the public in respecting the closures for their own safety and the efficiency and effectiveness of the firefighting operations.

Yesterday’s Activity:

On the Broken Lookout Fire, crews neared completion of the containment line on the southwest flank of the fire. Indirect line construction continued along Forest Roads 2925, 6510 and 2947 to the west, east and northeast of the main body of the fire respectively. The fire has not crossed Woodruff Creek and continues to show little movement on its eastern flank and remains approximately two miles from the community of Union Creek. Union Creek remains at a Level 1 evacuation notification. Fire managers continue to assess containment opportunities that will reduce the final footprint of the fire. The Pup Fire displayed little growth and was again monitored. Point protection tactics have been successful at Hershberger Lookout and it is still in place.

The Blanket Creek Fire exhibited limited growth as crews continued to mop up the southeast corner of the fire and assess suppression opportunities on the southern flank within the Sky Lakes Wilderness. On the Spruce Lake Fire contingency line preparation continued along the North Entrance Road of Crater Lake National Park.

Today’s Planned Activity: On the Broken Lookout Fire crews will continue to prepare Forest Roads 2925, 68, 6510 and 6520 for future containment lines. Tactical firing operations will proceed to further secure the southeast flank of the fire if conditions permit. Helicopter bucket drops will be utilized to check the fires spread in the Woodruff and Cougar Creek drainages as needed.

On the Pup Fire firefighters will work to reopen Forest Road 6540 to provide access to the eastern flank and continue to scout for containment opportunities on the western flank.

Closures:

Area closures have been inacted for the Rogue Umpqua Divide Wilderness and surrounding National Forest lands by both the Umpqua and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests.Forest visitors should familiarize themselves about these closures before they venture into the area. For a complete list of closures see Inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5503/

Smoke Outlook: To see 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.