Miller Complex 10-18-2017 Update
Incident: Miller Complex Wildfire
Rain is coming; but first the Abney Fire area will experience some strong southwest winds. The Medford office of the National Weather Service said that today will be the last dry, warm day before the coming wet weather. It also said ridges in the fire area will experience south to southwest winds increasing to 8-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph in the afternoon. Ridge winds after midnight tonight will be from the southwest at 10-20 mph with gusts to 35-40 mph. Possibly more than an inch of accumulated rainfall will begin falling around noon on Thursday and continue on and off into the weekend. The forecast calls for a warming and drying trend to begin Sunday or Monday.
Firefighters are continuing the suppression effort today while making plans to avoid dangerous areas when the wind and rain commence. Fire-weakened trees may fall, debris slides may occur, a low-water crossing used by most of the fire-fighting resources may become unusable. Roads will be extra slippery because of the mica schist content of the soil.
Last night’s infrared flight showed increased fire activity on the southeast edge of the fire in the upper reaches of the Dutch Creek drainage, between White Mountain and Scraggy Mountain. A crew was sent into that area early this morning to coordinate helicopter bucket drops in an effort to hold the fire in check.
Today, on the eastern end of the Abney Fire, a hotshot crew began the remainder of the burnout operation above the 1065 Road early this morning in an effort to complete operations in that area prior to the coming wind. Yesterday’s burnout operation held above the road, and the debris barrier that was installed yesterday was successful at stopping rolling debris. Access roads to contingency backup lines are being improved.
Firefighters will continue installation today of the 2.6 miles of hose line and portable tanks along the dozer trail on private land west of Scraggy Mountain to limit fire movement to the east.
Today is Day 66 of the Miller Complex.
Fire at a Glance:
Size: 39,605 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
E-mail Address: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com