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Knoll Fire

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Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Springfield, OR 97477

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McKenzie River Ranger District
Email: SM.FS.mf@usda.gov
Phone: 541-822-3381
Hours: M-F 8 am - 4:30 pm

8/13 Knoll Fire & Middle Fork Complex Daily Update

Knoll Fire Wildfire
News – 8/13/2021

Approx. Fire Size (acres):

Gales and Elephant Rock: 6,448

Knoll: 544

Kwis: 1,440

Ninemile: 442

Knoll Fire: Crews are working to hold the fire west of Highway 126 and mopping up as needed. Smoke had a dampening effect on fire activity yesterday. Islands of unburned forest remain within the fire perimeter and will likely result in increased smoke as they naturally consume. Firefighters will continue to patrol and extinguish any spot fires that may be caused by embers that may cross the containment line.

Gales and Ninemile Fires: Work on the Gales Fire continues as crews establish an anchor point on the northwestern portion of the fire and prepare an indirect line to limit fire spread to the west and north. Crews maintained the southern edge of the fire where fire activity increased, but remained within the primary containment line. Additional resources have been assigned to the Ninemile Fire and are assessing and applying indirect containment strategies.

Kwis Fire: Smoke within the fire area helped to moderate fire activity yesterday despite the extremely hot and dry conditions. Firefighters worked through the day and into the evening to hold the fire within the primary containment line. Crews continued preparing fire line south of the fire using existing roads, dozer line, and hand line from Forest Road 5871 to Forest Road 207, bolstering it with strategic firing operations to remove unburned fuels between the line and active fire. Today crews will be holding and securing the fire edge and identifying and developing alternative containment lines further out from the fire, should they become necessary.

Kwis Fire Structure Protection: Task Force 35 from Clackamas County completed structure and defensible space prep at the repeater on top of Dead Mountain. Three structures were prepped by clearing vegetation and fallen debris. Crews dug hand lines around the tower to provide additional defensible space. The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Task Force firefighters were also able to finish evaluating homes for fire safety. To date, OSFM Task Forces have assessed 399 homes in the City of Oakridge including homes in the Level 2 Evacuation area. We appreciate homeowners leaving placards in place to assist in the prepping of homes and in the event of emergency response. Task Force 34 from Linn County worked closely with our wildland firefighter partners to strategically place three miles of firehose on Forest Road 207.

Weather and Smoke: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for “very unstable conditions” and low humidity. There is potential for increased fire activity and vertical plumes of smoke, as well as a slight chance of dry thunderstorms and lightning.

For current air quality information, visit oakridgeair.org/smoke or the Oregon Smoke Blog oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Evacuations: Level 1, 2 and 3 evacuation notices have been issued by Lane County. For current evacuation information and an interactive map of evacuation areas, visit: www.lanecounty.org.

Closures: Some National Forest System lands near the Middle Fork Complex and Knoll fires are temporarily closed to provide for public safety. For more information visit www.fs.usda.gov/willamette. The Oregon State Marine Board issued a temporary closure on a portion of the McKenzie River, for more information visit: https://www.flashalert.net/id/OSMB.

ADDITIONAL FIRE INFORMATION:

Fire Information: (541) 625-0849 Facebook: @MiddleForkComplex @KnollFire

Inciweb: Middle Fork Complex: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7745/ Knoll Fire: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7790/

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