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Miller Complex Update

Incident: Miller Complex Wildfire
Released: 10/16/2017

After burning for two months since being ignited by a lightning storm on August 14th, the fires of the Miller Complex have been 86% contained. During the last week the dry conditions brought about by a high elevation east wind event have caused an increase in fire activity on uncontained parts of the Abney Fire.

The recent fire activity has been located primarily on the eastern edge of the fire at the upper end of the Dutch Creek drainage. Repeatedly, burning and rolling debris has fallen down the steep slopes, and then the resulting spot fires have burned uphill, resulting in fire movement to the north (down to the 1065 Road), the east, and the south. At this point the leading fire edge is about 1 mile northwest of Scraggy Mountain and ¾ mile south of Elliott Creek. Crews have been constructing handline and utilizing a natural barrier down to the 1065 Road in order to stop the spread of the fire on the east side. The fire has burned past previous lines, but the slow spread of the fire has allowed time for hose, pumps, and water tanks to be utilized this time.

The south edge of the eastern lobe of the fire has also heated up, and has been slowly moving to the south, toward the Pacific Crest Trail. As of yesterday’s infrared flight, the fire’s edge is ¼ mile north of White Mountain. Crews were being dispatched to that area this morning to engage the fire and to scout out potential backup lines.

Finally, fire activity has also increased in the northwestern portion of the Abney Fire in the Whiskey Ridge area. A crew, water tender, and three engines are tasked with holding the fire if possible, mopping up as needed, and scouting for backup control lines.

According to the National Weather Service in Medford, the warm and dry conditions are peaking today, and beginning on Tuesday the weather will gradually become cooler and more humid. Stronger southwest winds will accompany a frontal passage on Thursday, and wetting ran is likely Thursday night and Friday.

Size: 39,462 acres

Containment: 86%

Location: 20 Miles West of Ashland, Oregon

Cause: Lightning

Personnel: 294


Line Crews 10

Engines 8

Dozers 2

Water tenders 6

Masticators 4


1 Type 3 Light helicopter

2 Type 2 Medium helicopters

1 Type 1 Heavy helicopter


An Area Closure is in effect for the Abney Fire, south of Applegate Lake. Closure description can be found at

Fire Information:

Phone: 541-838-0770

E-mail Address:


Unit Information

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

Incident Contacts

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

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