Daily Update August 6, 2018
Summary: The Miles, Columbus, Snowshoe and Round Top Fires are being managed under unified command amongst the Northern Rockies Team 2 (Turman), the Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1 (Hessel) and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Red Team (Yocum). These incidents are formally known as the South Umpqua Complex and Sugar Pine Fires.
Smoky conditions across the area on Sunday helped to temper winds and moderate fire behavior. Firefighters used this break to make good progress on lining spot fires and strengthening control lines around the incident. The smoky conditions did limit air operations on fires yesterday, due to low visibility.
Community Meetings: The IMTs will be hosting a community meeting in Tiller on Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tiller Rural Fire Protection District, 27598 Tiller Trail Hwy. There will also be a community meeting in Shady Cove on Thursday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Upper Rogue Community Center, 22465 Hwy 62.
Miles Fire: Firefighters continued making good progress in finding and lining spot fires from Saturday, when active fire behavior occurred along the southeast line. Crews are looking for opportunities for direct attack where its safe, and look for places to build indirect lines where the situation dictates.
Sunday, OSFM structural protection crews installed sprinkler kits on 50 homes in the Elk Creek Road area. This action was completed as a precautionary measure. There will be an increase in structural firefighters assessing homes west of Prospect off Highway 62 today.
Columbus Fire: Firefighters continue to improve control lines, mop-up and burnout as needed. The fire is burning towards a fire scar from 2017. This burn scar is providing a good control line for firefighters. The fire is backing down to a road that was prepped to stop the fire’s advance.
Snowshoe Fire: Fire crews have made good progress with the Snowshoe fire. Crews have been mopping up and cold-trailing perimeter edges to ensure the fire will be safe to return to the local districts. Fire crews will begin pulling hoses on Monday, but frequent patrols will be conducted.
Round Top Fire: The Round Top fire is currently in patrol status. Crews check the fire daily to ensure there is no heat and no smoke near the perimeter.
Weather: An upper level of high pressure will build into the area. It will continue to build and remain in place for much of the upcoming week. Temperatures today will be in the mid 80s. Valley winds will be up slope 3-5 mph. After 1:00 p.m. winds could gust up to 20 mph. Ridgetop winds will be West to Northwest 4-8 mph with 20 mph gusts after 2:00 p.m. Significant warming is expected through much of the week and overnight recoveries becoming poorer.
Evacuations and Closures: Current evacuation areas are available on the Jackson County Sheriff’s website: http://jacksoncountyor.org/sheriff/
FIRE ACREAGES BY FIRE:
Round Top 154