High Cascades Complex Update October 1, 2017
Incident: High Cascades Complex Wildfire
High Cascades Complex - UpdateNorthwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander: Tim KeithOctober 1, 2017
Special Announcements: Management of the High Cascades Complex - East Zone fires has been returned to the local unit. The High Cascades Complex is now comprised of only the Pup and Broken Lookout Fires and will be reported as such.
The Lost Creek Marina and Store located in the Joseph Stewart State Park Day Use Area on the Lost Creek Lake remains open for your enjoyment. Please check their website for hours of operation.
Emergency Fire Closures are developed to provide for public and firefighter safety. Entering behind a closure barrier is illegal. This action is considered an intrusion and is punishable by fine up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months.
Hunters please be aware of heavier than normal fire traffic on Forest Roads and watch for fire personnel.
Fire Information Center: (541) 316-8352 Available 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Incident Management Team: Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Tim Keith, is managing the High Cascades Complex. The incident command post (ICP) is located at the Joseph Stewart State Park near Lost Creek Reservoir southwest of Prospect, Oregon. A spike camp is located at Milo Academy near Milo, Oregon.
Current Fire Information: Fire perimeters and percent containment are unchanged. Resource advisors are on site and heavily involved with recommendations for implementing suppression repairs. Interior smokes will be visible on both fires until a season ending event which could take the form of rain or snow.
Pup – 8,279 acres, 42% contained. Located northwest and southeast of Hershberger Lookout partially in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness. The north indirect containment line along Forest Road (FR) 2840 has been cleaned up and equipment is repairing road damage. Merchantable logs are being sorted, hauled, and decked for future use. Repair on secondary dozer and hand lines on the east side continues. A local Tiller Ranger District fire crew is repairing a portion of handline on extremely steep slopes where mechanized equipment would be unsafe to use. Several smokes became visible during the heat of the day on the east side of the fire and are in the process of being mopped-up. Along FR 6520, vegetation and slash generated from indirect fire line construction is being hauled by 10 dump trucks to a near-by rock pit for storage and later processing into chips for transport to a co-generation plant in White City.
Broken Lookout – 19,181 acres, 27% contained. Located directly west of Union Creek on the southern end of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness where it is burning on both sides of the Wilderness. Firefighters are repairing interior dozer containment lines along the south and firefighter parking areas (drop points) along the southwest side of the fire. Several smokes became visible during the heat of the day on the west side of the fire and are in the process of being mopped-up. Along FR 700, chipping of vegetative debris generated from indirect fire line construction continues. Work is also progressing on repairing dozer line around the contained Cougar Fire.
Resources: Total personnel assigned to the Complex – 290: 5-type 2 crews, 4-camp crews, 6-engines, 3-masticators, 1-medium helicopter, 1-dozer, 2-water tenders, and 115 overhead.
Air Operations: 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 within the TFR is prohibited and against the law. The helibase is located at the Prospect Airport and is closed to public use. The airport is planned to reopen on October 15th.
Air Quality: Forecasted air quality for surrounding communities and the Pacific Northwest is good no anticipated smoke or other pollutants. For the most up to date air quality reported for your area see Air Now http://www.airnow.gov/ or the Oregon Smoke Blog http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
Weather: A series of weak upper level disturbances are expected to move through the region with periods of cloud cover and slight chances of light showers through the weekend and early next week. Today’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with cooler temperatures 48 - 53 degrees on the ridges and relative humidity 42 - 52%. Ridgetop winds will be northwest and increasing to 8 - 10 mph with gusts to 15 mph. Sunday night and Monday will be the coolest part of the week with snow levels dropping to 5,500 ft. with no accumulation expected.
Behavior: Several days of cooler weather will minimize any spread potential for the foreseeable future. Creeping and smoldering in heavy surface fuels will continue.
Closures: The Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest has reduced the closure area east of Highway 62. Multiple area, trail, and Forest road closures still exist over both Forests. “Know before you go” by visiting https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5503 or your local Forest office. Know: the forecasted weather; road, trail and area closure information; and be aware of firefighters working in the vicinity of your recreational activities.