Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504
Limited suppression action will be taken on the Abney Fire today as heavy winds and rain are anticipated. The ridgetops of the Siskiyou Mountains were buffeted by winds of 55 mph during the night, and fire officials decided to send resources only to areas where there is quick access to paved roads at lower elevations to avoid falling trees and rain-slickened roads. Some quick winterization projects will be taken care of early this morning at higher elevations to beat the snow, such as temporarily draining and covering or removing pumps. Though winds have diminished this morning, helicopters have been unable to complete missions due to atmospheric turbulence.
Weather forecasters call for rain beginning by about 1:00 pm this afternoon with nearly 8/10’s of an inch falling in the first 12 hours and up to 3 inches of snow beginning to fall at the 4000-foot level and higher during the night.
On Wednesday, after days of keeping the fire above the 1065 Road at the eastern edge of the Abney Fire, firefighters discovered that rolling debris had ignited two spot fires which became established below the road on steep slopes above private land. With support from three helicopters dropping water, the Alta Hotshot crew was able to line the spot fires and establish hoselines around the 5-acre and 1-acre spots.
Utilizing a dozer line on private land and continuing uphill along a handline on federal land, crews were able to establish a 2.7-mile hoselay in the southeastern portion of the Abney Fire to keep the fire from moving eastward toward Scraggy Mountain. The hoselay reached the crest and then turned westward to begin implementation of a plan to protect the Pacific Crest Trail from any additional fire spread.
An engine and crew extinguished and mopped up hot spots with potential to spread in the Whiskey Creek drainage in the northwest portion of the fire on Wednesday.
Today is Day 67 of the Miller Complex.