Daily update 9-26-17
Incident: Umpqua North Complex Wildfire
Umpqua North Complex
September 26, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.
Fire Information: 541-378-6944 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Inciweb address: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5505/#
Start Date: August 11, 2017
Fuels: Timber, forest litter, grass, shrubs
Percent Completed: 60%
Current Situation: Yesterday crews made great progress in repair work across the entire complex. Along the western edge of the Ragged Ridge/Happy Dog Fire area, use of a newly arrived grinder chipped up woody debris much faster than anticipated. Chipped wood will be hauled to other areas in need of material to slow water runoff. Firefighters finished mopping up containment lines east of the Rattlesnake Fire. A hotshot crew finished repairing dozer line north of the 4775 Road where soils were too wet to use heavy equipment. Along the eastern edge of the Brokentooth Fire, crews finished falling hazard trees along the 28 Road and repaired a gravel retaining wall on the 100 Road. At the end of yesterday’s shift, 27.7 miles of 35 miles of dozer line has been repaired; 82.1 miles out of 111 miles of forest road have been repaired; and 18.2 miles out of 24.8 miles of handline has been repaired along with an additional 39.4 miles of road to be graded by the Umpqua National Forest for a total 128 miles completed out of a combined 210.2 miles.
Today the Union Hotshots and a chipper will continue its second day of repair work in the Fall Creek Fire area, anticipating finishing Wednesday afternoon. Fallers will continue working with ODOT crews along the Highway 138 corridor to remove hazard trees and rollout dangers to both motorists and power lines. Note: Pilot cars will again be implemented along Highway 138 today so anticipate some slight delays. Crews working along the 28 Road hope to wrap up chipping operations so that ODOT can use this route to haul logs in the next couple days. Crews working north of Highway 138 in the Ragged Ridge Fire area will continue log processing and hauling out slash piles to select locations for disposal and burning by Umpqua National Forest staff later in the season when conditions are right for safe burning.
Temperatures are expected to rise to their warmest by Wednesday and Thursday this week before a weak cold front moves in Friday, which may bring a slight chance of rain to the fire area. No substantial winds are expected with this cold front.
There are still isolated pockets of unburnt fuel, stumps and individual downed large logs that will continue to smolder and possibly burn more vigorously as temperatures increase. Most are well within containment lines and pose little danger of escaping or spreading. Where the smoldering fires occur close to the edge of containment lines, fire crews actively mop them up until the perimeter is cold and black in depth. Not all of the fires are fully contained, and in backcountry areas away from structures and transportation corridors, the fires may continue to slowly creep and spread and create smoke as the weather warms up.
Resources: 21 20-person crews, 2 helicopters, 10 Engines, 29 pieces of heavy equipment (bulldozers, chippers, excavators, road graders, dump trucks, etc.) and 6 Water Tenders. Total personnel 532
Closures: A list of closures can be found on the Inciweb website and the Umpqua National Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua. For those hunting in the area: please look out for firefighters in YELLOW shirts.