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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 Oregon
Medford, OR 97504

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High Cascades Complex West Zone update for Sept. 12

High Cascades Complex Wildfire
News – 9/12/2017

Aerial resources assigned to the Broken Lookout and Pup fires helped initial attack personnel locate a new start on the southern boundary of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest yesterday. It was the third new ignition identified in two days. Fire conditions remain extreme, with the potential for wildfire starts from any heat source. For more information about preventing wildfires, visit

Northwest Incident Management Team 6 is now based at Joseph H. Stewart State Park near Prospect.

Yesterday’s Activity

Helicopters dropped in the Wish Creek drainagewater to head off the Pup Fire while fire managers continued scouting for potential containment lines within and around the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness Area.

Chipping, brushing and tactical burning proceeded on roads developed as contingency lines on the eastern, southern and southwestern flanks of the Broken Lookout Fire.

Today’s Planned Activity

On the Pup Fire, fire managers will continue scouting containment line options and helicopters will drop water as needed to slow the fire’s spread.

Crews will continuereinforcing contingency lineson the Broken Lookout Fire and fire managers will be assessing two roads that could be used to reduce the containment footprint.

Weather: Temperatures will begin dropping today, but relative humidity will remain low. Both fires are expected to be more active today, with the greatest potential for movement in the Squaw Creek drainage on the Broken Lookout Fire and around High Rock, Rabbit Ears and Hershberger creeks on the Pup Fire.

Closures: Road, trail and area closures are in place for the Rogue Umpqua Divide Wilderness and surrounding lands on both the Umpqua and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests.Forest visitors should familiarize themselves with these closures before venturing into the area.For a complete list of closures, visit

Other restrictions: The Umpqua National Forest has lowered its Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to III (partial shutdown). The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest remains under IFPL IV (general shutdown). For a complete description of IFPLs, visit