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Miller Complex Fire Update 10/15/17

Incident: Miller Complex Wildfire
Released: 10/15/2017

Miller Complex Fire Update
October 15, 2017 – 11:00 a.m.

Acres: 39,284

Percent Contained: 86%

Start Date: August 14, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: 275

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

The northeastern flank of the Abney Fire has continued to exhibit active fire behavior, with moderate flanking, backing, and single tree torching. Crews are utilizing all available options to limit spread and minimize impacts to private property in areas southeast of Elliott Creek Road. The fire has moved towards Forest Service Road 1065 but remains south of it at this time. Fire growth to the south of Dutch Creek has been minimal and remains north of the Pacific Crest Trail. Engine crews are being utilized to patrol roads and provide water to hotspots as they occur, and ground crews are building direct containment lines using the road systems as anchor points where available.

The most recent warming and drying trend is expected to last into the coming week. Low overnight humidity recoveries and easterly winds on ridge tops will contribute to the potential for fire growth and smoke production. The northeastern portion of the fire continues to spread in an area of heavy downed fuels and steep slopes, with limited visibility from ridge tops to drainage and creek bottoms. Rolling material remains an issue, with the potential for spot fires to ignite downhill ahead of the main fire body. These areas present significant risk to firefighter safety, and fire managers are continually assessing available suppression tactics based on the availability of effective lookouts, escape routes, and safety zones.

The incoming Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will shadow operations today to ensure a smooth transition and the continuation of information sharing between cooperators and local officials. Complexities due to warm and dry weather, steep, inaccessible terrain, and public/private and firefighter safety contributed to the decision to change to a Type 2 IMT. Incident objectives will continue to emphasize the importance of minimizing impacts to infrastructure and private property, while providing for firefighter safety.

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://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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