Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504
The Miller Complex experienced significant rainfall on Thursday, with amounts ranging from 0.87 inches in Dutch Creek to 1.21 inches just south of the fire in California. Winds that peaked Wednesday night have gradually diminished but the rain is continuing today. Moderate to strong and gusty south winds will begin coming from the west-northwest this evening according to the National Weather Service. Locally heavy precipitation may occur this evening and tonight. Steep areas that have been burned severely could possibly experience debris flows. Snow level will remain around 4500 feet. Freezing temperatures will be experienced at the ridgetops all day; lower elevations will reach 45 degrees. Ridgetop winds will be WSW 10-20 mph with gusts 20-30 mph.
Several crews and engines were demobilized today. Others were assigned to maintain a safety standby with a 2-hour call-back requirement as fire supervisors survey the effects of the storm on roads, fire-damaged trees, and the (previously) low-water crossing used for access to the fire.
While fire suppression activity has ceased for the foreseeable future, much work remains to be done once the weather moderates. With a small window of good weather, firefighters can pull out pumps, portable tanks, fuel-containers, miles of hose and other equipment. With a little larger window of decent weather, repair of suppression damage and scars can be accomplished. This will involve replacing damaged culverts, water-barring fire lines, chipping slash, and other activities.
Today is Day 68 of the Miller Complex. Tasks remain to be done, but it will take a few days for the land to dry out sufficiently to finish the work, and fewer people will be needed to complete the remaining tasks. For these reasons, Incident Management Team 6 will be in the process of turning the fire over to a new, smaller team through this weekend. Team 6 is very grateful for the support we’ve received from this remarkable community. Firefighters from around the country have been amazed at the number of thank-you notes received over the last 68 days, and for the supportive signs posted throughout the community.
For all the firefighters, we thank you!
FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 39,715 acres
Location: 20 Miles West of Ashland, Oregon
Line Crews 5
Water tenders 5
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