Firefighters continue to patrol and secure the fire’s perimeter as well as repair lines to a more natural. Crews are being reallocated to other areas of the fire as work is completed. Personnel are locating and evaluating equipment no longer in use for suppression or repair work and will release it to other incidents if needed.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team that arrived earlier this week continues to assess the area and will make recommendations on how best to mitigate unstable landscapes in order to prevent the loss of critical resources. BAER teams are staffed by specially trained professionals such as hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists, vegetation specialists, archeologists, and others who rapidly evaluate the burned area and prescribe emergency stabilization treatments.
Appropriate hazard reduction for employees, contractors, and the public may be needed. This work includes the identification and mitigation of danger trees next to roads, trails, and firelines which pose a significant threat to firefighters and the public when the area is reopened.
Thursday and Friday will be dryer and warmer. Maximum temperatures near the fire will be in the mid-60s. Another front will move onshore this weekend and may be the strongest seen so far. Widespread precipitation and gusty winds are forecasted, but this system will not be a fire season ending event.
There are still public use restrictions in the area. Please check www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-notices (Umpqua National Forest) and www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices (Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest) for current information.
Motorists are asked to be vigilant as firefighting equipment travels down roadways. Please slow down, be patient, and drive safely when encountering fire traffic.