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Miller Complex Fire Update 10/11/17

Incident: Miller Complex Wildfire
Released: 7 days ago

Miller Complex Fire Update
October 11, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.

Acres: 38,356

Percent Contained: 87%

Start Date: August 14, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: 186

Location: Private land and federal land on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 20 miles west of Ashland, OR.

Fire Information: 541-838-0770 Email address: millercomplex2017@gmail.com

Crews engaged direct with the active, northeastern flank of the Abney Fire on Tuesday morning. Fire managers were able to take a reconnaissance flight at 10 a.m. to get an overview of fire activity. Strong winds, with gusts up to 25 mph, began in the early afternoon and contributed to a significant increase in active fire behavior.

In addition, smoke from fires in northern California blanketed the area and affected available options for direct attack and helicopter bucket drops. Crews changed tactics throughout the day in order to account for these changes in weather, wind, and visibility. The eastern edge of the fire pushed over containment lines to the northeast, exhibiting short runs and isolated group torching. This active portion of the fire is burning in an uninhabited area and currently no structures are threatened. The active flank remains north of the Pacific Crest Trail and west of Scraggy Peak.

Cooler temperatures are expected over the next several days, with excellent overnight humidity recoveries, which should moderate fire behavior. Fire managers plan to take advantage of cooler weather and increased visibility today to engage the northeastern flank of the fire and will utilize all available suppression tactics, as weather and terrain allow. Nightly infrared flights will continue to be flown, although cloud cover during last night’s flight prevented an accurate reading.

Additional resources have been ordered to assist with firefighting efforts, including two hotshot crews and two initial attack crews. The steep, rocky terrain of this area remains a factor in determining the best available suppression options and firefighter safety remains the top priority.

Closures:

An area closure remains in effect for roads bordering the Abney Fire, south of Applegate Lake.

Forest officials and fire managers ask that individuals adhere to this remaining area closure for public and firefighter safety. Forest visitors are cautioned to remain alert and drive with care when near fire areas as crews will still be working in these zones.

For more information on the area closure visit the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure page at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.

The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.

For Klamath National Forest closures see https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Miller Complex Information Websites:

Inciweb - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MillerComplexFires/ and https://facebook/R6RRSNF

Miller Complex Abney Fire, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/

ODFW Web Information about hunting and closures- https://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/fire.asp

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