Skyline Ridge Complex Update for Friday, August 20, 2021 (This will be the last regularly scheduled update for the Skyline Ridge Complex. Additional updates may be released as needed).
CANYONVILLE, Ore. – Early Friday morning, ODF Incident Management Team 1 transitioned command of the Skyline Ridge Complex back to a local Type 3 organization that is being led jointly by the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Bureau of Land Management. This local Type 3 organization will oversee the efforts on the Skyline Ridge Complex from this point forward. The fire camp that was located in Tri-City near Exit 103 has been closed and the resources that remain assigned to the Skyline Ridge Complex will move into the fire camp in Milo that is housing resources for the Devils Knob Complex. The 180 firefighters and equipment operators still assigned to the Skyline Ridge Complex will continue patrolling fire lines, mopping up hot spots, backhauling equipment, and conducting fire suppression repair projects around the numerous lightning caused fires in the complex. Personnel from both private industrial landowners and the BLM will also be in the fire area, assessing damages to their lands. Personnel and equipment assigned to the incident will be released in the coming days as they are no longer needed locally. These resources will either return to their home offices for rest or be reassigned to other fires in the region. Smoke from the interior areas of the largest fire in the complex, the Poole Creek Fire, may be visible until heavy rains return to the region later this fall. This smoke is being produced by smoldering material and small pockets of previously unburned fuels within the interior areas of the fire. These smokes are being monitored by fire crews but pose no threat to containment lines.