Daily Fire Update - August 7, 2018
Summary: Continued progress is being made on the Miles, Columbus, Snow Shoe, Round Top Fires. Heavy smoke from area fires has stifled the fire behavior for a second day. This break in fire behavior has given firefighters a chance to continue strengthening control lines.
Oregon State Fire Marshal’s task forces worked west of Prospect off of Hwy 62 to assess homes and conduct defensible space work where it was needed.
Community Meetings: The IMTs will be hosting three community meetings in the area this week.
Wednesday, August 8: Tiller Rural Fire Protection District, 27598 Tiller Trail Highway, Tiller 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 9: Upper Rogue Community Center 22465 Highway 62, Shady Cove 6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 10: Prospect Community Center, 305 Red Blanket Road, Prospect 6:30 p.m.
Miles Fire: Firefighters strengthened control lines and mopped up spot fires that started on Saturday. Additional crews will be joining the line to help conduct burning operations where direct suppression tactics cannot safely be completed. Public and firefighter safety is the number one priority for land managers. OSFM taskforces will continue working in the Hwy 62 area west of Prospect. These resources specialize in structure protection. Resources have been assigned through the Conflagration Act which was invoked by Governor Kate Brown. Structural resources have responded from rural and municipal fire departments across Oregon.
Columbus Fire: Firefighters are looking for opportunities to use a portion of the High Cascades fire from 2017 as a control line on the northeast portion of the fire. The fire has been more active along the eastern line with some spotting occurring. The western side of the fire has been calm, but a lot of work remains mopping up hot spots and stump holes.
Snowshoe Fire: Fire crews are mopping up along the perimeter of the Snow Shoe Fire. While good progress has been made, firefighters will keep working on mopping up and cold trailing along the perimeter to ensure there are no hot spots which could cause further fire growth.
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 area of high pressure will remain across the region through Thursday. As the high pressure builds, significant warming is expected through much of the week with overnight recoveries becoming poorer. In addition, afternoon humidities will trend drier. An upper level trough should approach on Friday and lead to an increase in winds with temperatures remaining above normal with low humidities.
Evacuations and Closures: Current evacuation areas are available on the Jackson County Sheriff’s website: http://jacksoncountyor.org/sheriff/
ACREAGES BY FIRE:
Round Top 154