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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

8/16/21 Middle Fork Complex and Knoll Fire Daily Update

Knoll Fire Wildfire
News – 8/16/2021

Middle Fork Complex & Knoll Fire Update – Monday, August 16, 2021 – 9:00 am

Kwis Fire: Yesterday’s fire activity was limited and occurred within the perimeter. Firefighters are continuing to grid and mop up to secure containment lines constructed around the fire. This process includes systematically searching for hot spots by extinguishing or removing any burning material near the fire line. Heavy equipment will continue establishing alternate lines further away from the fire’s edge.

Knoll Fire: The Knoll Fire has remained within its existing footprint and will be managed by the Willamette National Forest effective today.

Gales and Ninemile Fires: Yesterday, smoke cleared enough to allow helicopters to fly, they dropped water to slow fire growth around the Platt Creek area on the northeast corner of Ninemile Fire while firefighters worked to prepare containment line along Forest Road 1832.

Helicopters also dropped water to aid burnout operations on the Gales Fire. Preparation of Forest Road 1824 is complete. To make the road more effective as a containment line, firefighters are adding depth to the line by strategically burning to consume vegetation between the road and the fire.

Preparation of containment lines along Forest Road 18 and other key road systems will continue today. Crews will continue burnout operations west of the Gales Fire as conditions allow. Additional heavy equipment and other specialized resources are being assigned to the Gales and Ninemile fires.

Structure Protection: One Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Task Force will be working the Gales Fire today, rechecking assessed structures in the Level 3 Evacuation Zone and patrolling the perimeter of the fire.  Crews will also patrol the Kwis Fire and be available to wildland partners where needs arise. Fire protection is scheduled to transition back to the local district on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.  OSFM task forces will complete their shift prior to returning  to their home agencies, their families and their communities. 

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. Linn County has also issued a Level 1 evacuation notice for the Knoll Fire; more information is available at: https://buff.ly/3CutPQR.

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. Oregon State Marine Board issued a temporary closure on a portion of the McKenzie River, for more information: 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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