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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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Email: 2021.jack@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-482-1331
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Rough Patch and Jack Fire Update, August 27, 2021

Jack Fire Wildfire
News – 8/27/2021

Fire Update for Friday, August 27, 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.

Chaos and Little Bend Fires:  The Chaos fire is at 13,529 acres and the Little Bend Fire is at 6,208 acres.  Securing the west side of the Chaos is progressing well – burnout operations are complete on this flank and firefighters are focused on holding the fire in place to prevent spread to the west.  The primary containment lines of these fires lay on the west and northwest flanks.  Crews worked to the north from Canton Point through Shane Saddle to burnout the containment line to prevent the fire from moving to the west-northwest.  Fire line construction from Shane Saddle to Bohemia Mountain will continue today to secure the Chaos fire from moving to the northwest.  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 the west mid-section of the fire is contained and holding well.  Primary containment lines are complete between the Chaos and the Little Bend Fire and being reinforced with burning out of the fuels between the fires.  Alternate containment lines are being improved along the south flank of the fire as well.

Jack and Buckhead Fires:  The Jack Fire is at 23,853 acres and the Buckhead fire is at 3,003 acres.  The Jack Fire has containment lines that are holding on the west, north, and northeast flanks of the fires - these lines account for a large amount of 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, building, and reinforcing contingency lines and conducting burnout operations as opportunities arise.

Near Minky Fire:  The Near Minky Fire is at 4,387 acres.  This fire lays south of the Jack and Buckhead Fires.  The east flank of the fire and a portion of the west flank of the fire has been contained. The nearby Smith Fire that is part of the Devil’s Knob Complex is actively growing to the northeast in the Ash Valley area.  Because of this, additional firefighting resources have been moved to the area to assist in containing the Smith Fire while looking for opportunities to construct containment lines for both the Smith and Near Minky Fires.

Closures:  Copies of all closures and maps can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7758/.

·         UPDATE to BLM Roseburg District fire closure.  The Francis Creek Road area and Scaredman Campground are again under a closure order due to potential fire activity, and to keep the area clear for firefighting operations.

·         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. 

·         Highway 138 between Roseburg and Diamond remains open.  Slow down and be alert. 

Weather:  Increased winds from the northwest will promote active fire behavior.  As smoke clears, fire activity is expected to increase. Wing gust up to 20 mph and relative humidity in the mid- 20s to the upper 30s will promote fire spread.

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