Miller Complex Update 10-17-2017
Incident: Miller Complex Wildfire
Firefighters held the fire in check at the 1065 Road on the east end of the Abney Fire on Monday despite rocks and other debris falling across the roadbed at times. The fire in this area is lined, hose is in place, and pumps are operating. A burnout operation will possibly be conducted today in order to fully tie the fire into the 1065 Road. Crews are beginning installation of a debris fence in critical locations along the road. Contingency plans are being made for preparing backup fire breaks in the event the 1065 Road doesn’t hold.
Also on the eastern end of the Abney Fire on Monday, crews worked with a dozer on private land to construct a line that would hold the fire west of Scraggy Mountain. Work will proceed today to add portable tanks and hoses to the line to improve its effectiveness. Further to the east, near White Mountain on the southern flank, the fire remained active, yet fire spread was minimal. Air resources will be utilized today to keep the fire in check in the White Mountain and Scraggy Mountain areas, north of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Winds today should be light, ranging from 5-7 mph out of the west-southwest on the ridgetops. Temperatures are expected to be 65-70 degrees, and the relative humidity will rise to 22-24%. According to the National Weather Service out of Medford, winds from the southwest will increase Wednesday and Thursday ahead of an approaching front, and significant rain is expected to move into the fire area between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
While continuing to plan for fire suppression, firefighters are also taking precautions to remain safe while forest roads quickly become slick and dangerous.
Northwest Incident Management Team 6 is working under the authority of the Rogue River-Siskiyou and the Klamath National Forests. Additional cooperating and assisting agencies and companies include Jackson County, Applegate Fire District, Williams Fire District, Oregon Department of Forestry, CAL Fire – Siskiyou Unit, and Fruit Growers Supply Company.
Fire at a Glance:
Size: 39,548 acres
Location: 20 Miles West of Ashland, Oregon
Line Crews 10
Water tenders 6
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 https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices
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