Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
Middle Fork Ranger District
Hours: M-F 8:00AM-4:30PM
Jones Fire / Kelsey Fire
9/24/2017 - 8 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 937-5219
Jones Fire - Size: 10,220 acres Containment: 80% Cause: Lightning
Kelsey Fire - Size: 441 acres Containment: 15% Cause: Lightning
Yesterday’s Activity - On the Jones Fire, mop up, equipment removal and chipping operations continued around the fire. On the Kelsey Fire, rapellers created a helispot at the southern edge of the fire and began building fireline to the northwest along the ridge. Simultaneously, hotshot crews worked along the soutwest edge of the fire south towards the rapellers. Another group of rapellers worked the northwestern edge of the fire toward Kelsey Creek.
Today’s Operations - Firefighters on the Jones Fire will continue to brush and chip the western edge of the fire prior to commencing fireline repair work mid-week. Crews will continue to search for hotspots near the fire’s edge and remove any unnecessary equipment. On the Kelsey Fire, firefighters will continue to build fireline on the south and western edges of the fire. Helicopters will support firefighters with bucket work as needed.
Weather and Fire Behavior – Progressive warming and drying will continue under a high pressure pattern. Winds will be light, with fog in the morning and temperatures in the upper 60’s to low 70’s during the day. Minimal spread of fire is expected due to continuing cool and damp conditions. The fires will continue to smolder and creep under the timber canopy. Isolated heavy forest fuels (logs, stumps, deep duff) will continue to burn and hold heat until late into the Fall/Winter.
Closures: Forest visitors should familiarize themselves with the area closure orders before venturing into the vicinity. See below for detailed maps at:
· Jones Fire - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5494/
· Kelsey Fire - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5619/
· Forest Closure Information (Roads, Campgrounds, Trails): https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices
For information on all Willamette National Forest Fires: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3860/