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Devils Knob Complex

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

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Tiller Ranger District
Phone: 541-825-3100
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Devils Knob Complex Daily Update Thursday September 30

Devils Knob Complex Wildfire
News – 9/30/2021

Devils Knob Complex Update  
September 30, 2021, 8:00 a.m.

Location: Tiller Ranger District 

Size: 70,110 acres· 

(·includes Mule Creek and other fires in patrol status) 

Big Hamlin: 19,377 acres – 100% contained 

Smith Fire: 49,239 acres – 42% contained 

Containment: 58% 

Personnel: 416  

Cause: Lightning 

Fire Information: 541-900-6133 






Temperatures returned to seasonal norms yesterday with highs ranging from 60 to 70s over the fire areas. This warmer, drier weather allowed firefighters to make good progress on suppression repair. Seventeen excavators were able to continue clearing woody debris out of roadside ditches and cleaning out culverts to prepare for winter precipitation and spring rains. Eleven chippers are working around various fire perimeters, including Forest Road 28 to chip small diameter trees and branches leftover from active fire suppression. As containment has increased and fire activity has moderated after recent rain events, crews were able to remove the fire resistant structure wrap that has been in place on the buildings in the South Umpqua Experimental Forest. The buildings were not damaged in the fire. 

Current Situation:  

Crews will be able to take advantage of the warm and dry conditions and resume the repair of dozer lines today. Excavators will be able to reengage on the northern portion of the Smith and all around Big Hamlin as well as the 23 other fires in the Devils Knob Complex to repair and naturalize dozer lines. Where firelines are dry enough to accomplish the work, excavators are breaking down dirt berms, replacing soil and pulling vegetation back over the repaired lines to minimize erosion in heavy rain or snow melt. Crews are also continuing to repair hand lines on steep slopes that were dug during active suppression. Firefighters have completed repair on nearly one-quarter of the more than 300 miles of fireline despite the challenging weather conditions. Fire managers continue to work with Resource Advisors (READs) to ensure that all completed work meets the objectives of the repair to minimize erosion, and protect natural and cultural resources and critical wildlife habitat.  

The Umpqua National Forest has removed all Public Use (Fire) Restrictions (PURs) effective September 29, 2021 and effective September 30, 2021, have dropped the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to I, removing restrictions on the type and timing of commercial activities and personal woodcutting. Operators are still required to remain for an hour as a firewatch once equipment is shut down. To learn more about IFPLs and PURs, visit the Umpqua National Forest Fire Information page at  

Closures: There is a fire area closure in place for the Devils Knob Complex. For additional information see:  

Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place for the airspace over the Devils Knob Complex. Wildfires are a no-fly zone for unauthorized aircraft, including drones. TFR violations can disrupt aerial firefighting operations and may force fire managers to ground essential aircraft. If you fly, we can’t.  



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