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Jack Fire

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Umpqua National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Roseburg, OR 97471

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Rough Patch and Jack Fire Update for Tuesday, August 24

Jack Fire Wildfire
News – 8/24/2021

Fire Update for Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Fire Information:  503-867-7924 

Overall Objective:  The Rough Patch Complex and Jack Fire are being managed under a full suppression strategy using containment and confinement tactics to minimize fire spread to prevent loss of valuable resources.  Leaders’ intent is to not allow the fire to progress to the west and to protect private structures throughout the fire area by using the PACE model – Primary, Alternate, Contingency and Emergency control Lines and to keep the fires as small as possible while working toward full containment. 

Closures:  The Umpqua and Willamette National Forests have area closure orders to encompass the Rough Patch, Jack, Archie Creek, and Devil's Knob Fire Areas.  The closure includes Canton Creek Campground, Musick Guard Station, and Cover Campground.   

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Roseburg District has issued an amended emergency closure on BLM administered-public lands near the Rough Patch Complex Fire. The reduction in the closure area to the Francis Creek road restores access to the Scaredman Recreation Area and Campground.  Highway 138 between Roseburg and Diamond Lake and Crater Lake remains open.  Slow down and be alert while passing through the fire area.  Copies of all closures and maps can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7758/

Chaos and Little Bend Fires:  The primary containment lines of these fires lay on the west and northwest flanks.  Direct and indirect fire lines with burnout operations are complete in the west side of the fire.  The focus now is to construct fire line to the north to ensure the fire does not move to the north, then again make another push to the west.  Additional work is being done on the southeast side of the Chaos fire to prevent the fire from moving south then to the west.  On the Little Bend Fire, containment was added to the west mid-section of the fire which will assist in holding the fire in place.  These two fires are at 7% containment. 

Jack and Buckhead Fires:  The Jack Fire has containment lines that are holding on the west, north, and east flanks of the fires and these lines account for the 51% containment of the fire.  The Buckhead fire has burned into the Jack fire to the north. Fire crews are patrolling these flanks and taking action to hold the lines as necessary.  The southwest and south flanks of the fire are seeing moderate fire behavior – tactics on these flanks include direct dozer line, the construction of primary and alternate contingency lines using the road system and building and reinforcing contingency lines across the fire area.  Burning out operations are being used as necessary to secure fire lines.   

Near Minky Fire:  This fire lays south of the Jack and Buckhead Fires.  The nearby Smith Fire that is part of the Devil’s Knob Complex is actively growing to the northeast into Ash Valley.  Because of this, additional firefighting resources have been moved into Ash Valley to assist in containing the Smith Fire while looking for opportunities to construct containment lines for both the Smith and Near Minky Fires.  This area is the focus area and priority for today’s firefighting operations.  The Near Minky Fire is at 0% containment. 

Weather:  Winds over all the fires are predominately out of the northwest and are pushing smoke out of the area by mid-morning – with smoke out of the area, fire activity is expected to pick up early.  Gust up to 15 mph can further promote fire spread.  Afternoon relative humidity is expected to be in the mid- 20s to the upper 30s which will also promote elevated burning conditions.  

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