Fire personnel are continually assessing and shifting available resources to where they are most needed to protect communities and provide for public and firefighter safety.
Kwis Fire: Firefighters are securing containment line around the Kwis Fire and evaluating for strategic burning operations as well as preparing fire lines to the south and west. Night operations for the Kwis Fire are ongoing and four task forces with the Oregon State Fire Marshall Red Team will arrive today to support wildland fire suppression.
Knoll Fire: Yesterday firefighters used strategic firing to remove unburned fuels from areas between the containment line and active fire. They are working to limit fire spread by utilizing a combination of constructed line, existing roads, and natural features. Today they will continue strategic firing operations as conditions allow. There are numerous hazards that pose a danger to public safety in the vicinity of this fire. Active fire and fire weakened trees make conditions unsafe for McKenzie River travel and hiking. It’s advised to use alternate recreation areas.
Gales & Ninemile Fires: On the Gales and Ninemile Fires, crews and heavy equipment are using existing road systems to establish containment lines. Firefighters are burning out to consume vegetation between the line and the active fire. This increases the depth of containment lines to reduce potential for spread of fires towards communities.
Weather and Smoke: Progressively warmer and drier conditions will prevail until at least Sunday, resulting in increased fire activity, especially as the smoke inversion lifts. It has been 55 days since there has been a wetting rain in the area and dry moss and lichen can carry through the air lofting embers ahead of the fire to receptive fuels. Smoke columns will likely be visible in the afternoons. For current air quality information visit oakridgeair.org/smoke or the Oregon Smoke Blog https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.
Evacuations: Level 1 and 3 Evacuation notices have been issued by Lane County. For current evacuation information and interactive map of evacuation areas, visit: www.lanecounty.org.
Level 1 (BE READY) evacuation notice due to the nearby Knoll Fire: Belknap Hot Springs and Resort area, and structures near Scott Creek and Highway 126.
Level 1 (BE READY) evacuation notice due to the nearby Kwis Fire High Prairie, Fish Hatchery, Oakridge north of Roberts Road, and Oakridge east of Salmon Creek.
Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation notice remains in effect for all homes, campgrounds and dispersed recreation along Forest Service Road 18 (Big Fall Creek Road) east of the intersection with Forest Service Road 1821, including Puma Campground and Bedrock Campground.
Closures: Some National Forest System lands near the Middle Fork Complex fires are temporarily closed to provide for public safety. Please be sure to check current conditions before planning your trip to the Willamette National Forest. For more information visit www.fs.usda.gov/willamette.
ADDITIONAL FIRE INFORMATION:
Fire Information: (541) 625-0849 Facebook: @MiddleForkComplex @KnollFire