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Miller Complex Fire Update 10/12/17

Incident: Miller Complex Wildfire
Released: 10/12/2017

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

Acres: 39,062

Percent Contained: 87%

Start Date: August 14, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: 232

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 were able to make good progress on the active portion of the Abney Fire on Wednesday. Cooler temperatures and good visibility allowed firefighters to engage direct on the fire’s northeastern flank and three helicopters were on scene to assist with bucket drops throughout the day. Firefighters will continue to build containment lines in accessible areas, coordinating with aircraft to limit growth to the south and east.

Daily reconnaissance flights, as well as nightly infrared flights, are being utilized to track fire behavior. Engine crews are patrolling and monitoring the road systems surrounding this area, providing fire managers with real time updates in the field. Dozers are also working to remove brush and debris from roads in the vicinity of the fire’s active, northeastern edge in order to strengthen these perimeters.

Smoke from the Abney Fire, combined with smoke from multiple, uncontained fires in northern California, will continue to be visible in surrounding communities. This weekend, high overnight humidity recoveries and fall-like weather will give way to a warm and drying trend. Gusty winds are expected to remain over the incident area through the end of the week and will contribute to active fire behavior. Cooler temperatures will likely return early next week, with the potential for wetting rain mid-week.

Repair and post-suppression rehab work continues on the Burnt Peak and Creedence fires, as well as the western portion of the Abney Fire. Crews are focused on hazard tree removal, chipping woody debris, and reseeding containment lines throughout these areas.

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

Unit Information

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

Star Ranger Station, Siskiyou Mountains RD
Email: chamisekramer@fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-899-3800
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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