Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd. Medford OR. 97504 Oregon
Medford, OR 97504
Miller Complex Fire Update
Sept. 13, 2017
NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 9, Brian Goff, Incident Commander
Fire Statistics: Start Date: August 14, 2017 Cause: Lightning Complex Size: 34,536 acres Personnel: 574 Containment: 40%
Community Meetings: The Northwest Incident Management Team 9 and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will host a community meeting today, Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Applegate Valley Fire Station #9 1095 Upper Applegate Road Jacksonville, OR 97530. Fire personnel will provide a fire briefing for the public.
Current Situation: Fire operations continue to meet objectives using available resources, while adjusting to changing weather conditions with the safety of firefighters and the public as first priority. Firefighters are securing containment lines on the Creedence, Bigelow and Burnt Peak fires. Crews on the Abney fire will continue to build, improve and secure containment lines to the east, north and northwest of the Abney fire.
Weather will be cool and sunny today with light winds later this evening. Fuel moistures continue to be low. A dry cold front is moving into the region and cooler temperatures are expected in the days ahead. The public can still expect to see smoke and burning within the interior of the fires until a season-ending event occurs.
Creedence Fire and Bigelow (Grayback) Fire (Seven miles south of Williams; Creedence: 2,089 acres; Bigelow: 71 acres). Fire activity on the Creedence and Bigelow fires has been minimal over the last few days. Given the dense fuels in the area, the interior of the fire will continue to smoke for some time. Firefighters will continue to work on mop-up where needed and monitor the line on the north side of the fire.
Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and three miles north of Applegate Lake; 4,147 acres). Although the fire has not grown in several days, residents may continue to see wisps of smoke and smoldering within the fire’s interior. Crews will continue to patrol the fire perimeter.
Abney Fire (South of Applegate Lake and north of Seiad Valley, CA; 27,760 acres). Crews are working on the east and west flanks of the Abney Fire. Firefighters are completing direct line and working toward containment on the northwest side of the fire. Mop-up and patrol of existing line continues to be effective. Contingency lines are being constructed to the east of direct line efforts to reinforce containment efforts.
Miller Complex Abney Fire (section located on the Klamath National Forest, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)). The Eclipse Complex, located in northern California on the Klamath National Forest, is managing the Abney Fire south of the PCT. Information is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/.
Evacuations: The Joe Bar area, located in California near the north edge of the Abney Fire, remains under an evacuation warning. All other evacuations have been lifted.
Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.
nformation: Phone: 541-899-5302 Email: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com
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