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High Cascades Complex Update October 3, 2017

Incident: High Cascades Complex Wildfire
Released: 10/3/2017

High Cascades Complex - Update

Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander: Tim Keith

October 3, 2017

Special Announcements: This will be the last update from the Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8 (NWIIMT8). NWIIMT8 would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to the community, cooperators, agency staff, and firefighters for the unwavering support during our management of the High Cascades Complex.

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

Plans to transfer management of these fires to smaller type 3 organizations are currently underway with actual transfer scheduled for Wednesday morning at 7:00 am.

-The fires from the High Cascade Complex on the Umpqua National Forest will be combined with several other fires into the Falcon Complex. Incident Commander Shane Martin will manage this Complex from the Milo incident command post formerly named Milo spike camp near Tiller, Oregon. For further information see the Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5484/# or call the Umpqua National Forest at 541-957-3200. Facebook https://facebook.com/UmpquaNationalForest/

-The fires from the High Cascade Complex located on the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest will continue to be managed as the High Cascade Complex. Incident commander Chad Schmidt will manage this Complex from the Joseph Stewart State Park near Prospect, Oregon. For further information see the Inciweb site below or call the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest at 541-618-2200. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/R6RRSNF

Fire Information Center: (541) 316-8352 Available 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. This center will be closing Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm.

Information Websites: Inciwebhttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5503

Current Fire Information: Fire perimeters were unchanged while containment percent is at 56% (+14%) for the Pup Fire. 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, 56% 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 damaged road culverts. Eight truckloads of merchantable logs were successfully sorted, hauled, and decked for future use. Repair on secondary dozer and hand lines on the east side will finish tomorrow. Significant progress is being made along FR 6520, where vegetation and slash generated from indirect fire line construction is being hauled by multiple 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. Along FR 700, chipping of vegetative debris generated from indirect fire line construction continues. An excavator is also working along FR 68 repairing dozer line. Road drainage culverts on the north end near Jackson Creek have been completed. Work is also progressing on repairing dozer line around the contained Cougar Fire.

Resources: Total personnel assigned to the Complex – 206: 2-type 2 crews, 2-camp crews, 4-engines, 3-masticators, 1-medium helicopter, 1-dozer, 2-water tenders, 7-Excavators, 7-dump trucks, 1- front end loader, 1-log truck, 1-1og processor and 120 overhead.

Air Operations: The temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the fire area restricting aerial public access has been removed. The helibase remains located at the Prospect Airport and is closed to public use. Plans are in development to repair the footprint of use. The airport is planned to open today.

Air Quality: 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 moved through the region with periods of light showers yesterday. The highest amount of rain recorded over the Complex was .05 inches. A dusting of snow is predicted above 6,000 ft. this morning. Today’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of light rain showers then increasing winds. Temperatures 46 - 69 degrees on the ridges and relative humidity 30 - 55%. Ridgetop winds will be north/northwest and increasing to 8 - 12 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Tuesday evening a wind event with northeast/north wind with gusts 30 mph is forecasted

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: 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.

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.

Additional Information: 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.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contacts

Rogue-River Siskiyou NF
Phone: 541-957-1200
High Cascades Complex
Email: blanketcreekfireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 541-316-8352
Hours: 7am - 9pm
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