FORECAST FOR 8/27/2015
Areas of smoke and or haze, otherwise mostly sunny. A slight chance for afternoon and evening thunderstorms in Northern California and east of the Cascades. Highs will be near 90 for the valleys, and in the 80s for the mountains and east of the Cascades. Overnight lows will be in the upper 50s for the valleys, and in the 40s to the low 50s for the mountains and east of the Cascades.
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We have one last day coming up of the sunny and smokey forecasts we have been seeing. One new thing is getting added for today, but honestly it feels more like a cover your butt situation. Seeing readings this morning that could lead to a few thunderstorms popping up this afternoon and evening over Northern California and east of the Cascades. For these storms to form, they will have to overcome a lot. The smoke for one thing. But, there is just enough instability out there, and a kicker in the form of a weak shortwave comes through about max heating time. Just to be safe, a slight chance for thunder went into the forecasts.
The data is giving us an indication that the incoming system for tomorrow and into Saturday may do some splitting as it approaches the coast. That is not too surprising to see as that frequently happens with incoming systems, especially in the winter months. Does it mean we will not see rain now? Nope. It does mean that we could see less of it for inland locations. Where amounts could have reached upwards of two thirds of an inch for the Cascades and up to a quarter inch for inland areas, this development could drop the top end amounts down to around a half inch for the Cascades, and somewhere around a .15th to two tenths for the valleys. I still think we do see steady state rain from this over most of our area. Northern California would be the place more likely to see showers as opposed to steady rain. Thunderstorms are still possible overnight Friday into early Saturday morning on the leading edge of the rain field. If those got going, there could be heavier amounts of rain associated with them. It is also expected that windy conditions are going to develop for areas east of the Cascades and down in Northern California for tomorrow and then into Saturday. Gusts could be reaching 35 - 40 miles an hour at times. For those areas that do get rain on Friday night, expect that to taper to showers on Saturday afternoon. Sunday should give us a good look at sunshine over the entire area. But, Sunday also looks to be a bit unsettled with at least a slight chance for showers region wide. I would expect a higher chance for showers Sunday at the Coast, and then over the mountains.
Moving into next week and then the Labor Day weekend.....no changes being seen. Expect us to stay on the cool side with a chance for some showers at times. There does still look to be a rain event arriving late on Wednesday and lasting into Thursday. Not going to see as much rain as we will see with the system for Friday night into Saturday morning. But, do expect light rain over the area. Once that goes through, we are back to sunny skies with a slight chance for showers for the valleys, and a chance for showers at the coast and in the mountains.
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MAJOR FIRE UPDATES -
STOUTS CREEK: Douglas County near Milo. 26,452 acres, 86 percent containment at last report. Burning on lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective / Oregon Department of Forestry and also on the Umpqua National Forest. Fire behavior was moderate inside the perimeter with backing observed. Crews have made excellent progress on strengthening the lines and holding the fire within the perimeter. To date, approximately 51 miles of fire line surround the fire. Fire operations managers have secured the fire and are confident the fire line will hold. The threat to structures has decreased to the point that all evacuation levels were reduced to a Level 1 (Ready). Local residents should be aware of the danger that still exists in their area, monitor emergency services, websites and local media outlets for information. Highway 227 is open to travel. However, it is a VERY narrow two lane highway. It is hazardous to travel under the best of conditions. Fire fighting traffic is using the highway at times. Please use extreme caution if you are going to head up there. Total personnel - 418. The fire is under the command of a national IMT 3 from Florida led by Mike Work.
NATIONAL CREEK COMPLEX / CRESCENT FIRE: 12,504 acres, 25 percent containment reported. The complex is burning on the Rogue Siskiyou National Forest, and also within Crater Lake National Park. The fires are burning in timber. Active fire behavior was seen with short crown runs, group torching and backing. The smaller fires that helped make up the complex have all been controlled. The National Fire is lined and mop is continuing of that fire. The Crescent Fire is the one out of control and the focus of efforts. It makes up over 97 percent of the acreage in the complex. Crater Lake National Park has closed the North Entrance to the Park off of State Highway 138 until further notice.
Fire crews completed building hand line to the south west boundary of Crater Lake tying into the Bert Creek Trailhead West of the fire, crews will continue to monitor and improve containment lines to the Bert Creek Trailhead and will continue felling dead trees along the Bert Creek Trail. Firefighters will continue looking for spotting outside of containment lines on the north and east flanks of the fire and remain poised to respond. Law enforcement officers and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) workers may be assisting travelers along State Highway 230 at the north end of the fire. Crater Lake National Park remains open. The north park entrance road remains closed to facilitate fire operations and provide for the safety of firefighters and park visitors. A segment of the Pacific Crest Trial is also closed from the park north boundary to the junction with Lightning Springs Trail. Access to the park is obtained from the South entrance off of State Highway 62. The rim drive is open and smoke in the caldera has been minimal. Area closure orders have been issued for the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Umpqua National Forests near Diamond Lake. There are trail closures in the National Park and on the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Umpqua National Forest. Maps and descriptions of the trail and area closures are online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ incident/4463/. The National Creek Complex will burn until a season ending weather event occurs, creating smoke on the Forest and the National Park. Total personnel - 283 under the command of an Oregon IMT II. Brian Goff is the IC.
COLLIER BUTTE FIRE: 11,100 acres, 55 percent containment.. This fire is burning on the Rogue Siskiyou National Forest on the Gold Beach Ranger District. The fire is burning in timber. The Collier Butte Fire was ignited by lightning. Moderate fire behavior seen with flanking, and backing. The fire is located within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness area. Fire managers have implemented direct and indirect containment lines to protect values at risk located to the south, west, and north of the fire while reducing firefighter exposure. Rugged terrain and abundant snags present a multitude of challenges to firefighter safety. Management of this fire is likely to endure for an extended period due to the shortage of firefighting resources and the limited access in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Smoke from the fire may be visible throughout the remainder of the fire season. As mop-up continues along the primary containment lines, other personnel and equipment will carry on rehabilitating Forest roads and chipping the large piles of brush and slash created during development of alternate and contingency lines. Local resource advisors oversee the reparations in areas where active suppression is no longer needed. Installing waterbars and pulling berms back onto lines are examples of repair strategies; these actions allow the impacted areas to return to a more natural state by holding soil and vegetation in place. The fire continues to slowly spread in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, but natural barriers with sparse vegetation are limiting fire growth to the east. This flank of the fire will be monitored by air and if necessary, helicopter water drops will be used to cool the fire’s edge. Southern winds will continue to move smoke north from California wildfires toward the Oregon coast. Current water sources in the vicinity have been adequate to support the needs of the burnout. To date, there has been no water withdrawal from the Chetco River, and none are anticipated. If absolutely necessary, however, the following measures will be taken: (1) tenders will be filled before leaving Gold Beach, (2) fish screens will be used in coho critical habitat, (3) no helicopters will dip from the Chetco, and (4) no more than 12,000 gallons per day would be removed – an impact of 0.03% of the overall daily flow. The fire base camp and incident command post is at Gold Beach High School. Total personnel - 155. The Rogue Siskiyou National Forest has command of the fire with Monty Edwards IC.
CANYON CREEK COMPLEX: Malheur NF. Seven miles north of Seneca, OR. 84,960 acres, 44 percent containment. Timber and short grass. Extreme fire behavior with wind driven runs, crowning, and group torching. Numerous structures threatened. This includes the cities of John Day, Prairie City, and Canyon City. Road, area and trail closures in effect. A local Red Flag Warning for hot and dry conditions and 15 to 20 mph southwest winds is in effect today. Additional significant growth of the fire is very likely today.Afternoon winds coupled with hot and dry conditions fanned the eastern portion down from Norton Fork to Pine Creek, triggering evacuations. Five heavy air tankers responded quickly and dropped seven to ten loads of retardant near residential areas. The initial large column of smoke, which was visible from John Day and Prairie City, was generated by heavy fire activity and long range spotting north of Indian Creek Butte and then moving down into Pine Creek. Later southwest winds in the valley pushed the fire around the slope to the east and towards Indian Creek. Weather conditions kept the fire very active into the night and early morning, when it finally moderated. In anticipation of the unstable conditions, firefighters were pre-positioned in strategic locations along the northern section of the fire and in the residential areas of Upper Pine Creek and Upper Dog Creek. They spent the day improving and connecting contingency lines and monitoring the area closely. In the early evening and when work conditions were safe, they provided critical structure protection needs. Southwest winds along the western and southern fire perimeter the last several days enabled firefighters to locate and extinguish hot spots. That hard work has resulted in 44 percent containment of the Canyon Creek Complex and created more control lines along the southern and western sides of the fire. Air tankers will be used as soon as possible today to pre-treat structures in the Indian Creek area. Air tankers will also drop retardant along dozer lines for reinforcement in the Dog Creek area. Oregon Trails Electric Coop continues to restore power to residences along Hwy 395. Oregon Dept. of Transportation (ODOT): Highway 395 is open for two-way travel. Due to firefighters, equipment and the power company on the road, a pilot car will lead traffic in specific areas between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Anticipate delays. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reminds people to be respectful of private property and to remain on the road unless invited. Trespassing is punishable by law and violators will be prosecuted. Oregon National Guard: Six twenty-person National Guard squads are contributing to the Canyon Creek Complex fire suppression efforts. Stationed at the Lake Creek Organizational Camp, they are working the western and southern perimeters of the fire, patrolling and securing the control lines and ensuring that hot spots 150 feet in from the line are out. Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER): A BAER team has been ordered and will begin to conduct a water shed assessment of the area in order to plan rehabilitation of fire lines and mitigate soil erosion. The following evacuation levels are in effect; LEVEL 3 GO NOW - Upper Pine Creek from Berry Ranch Lane and Dean Creek/Baldy Mt. · Upper Dog Creek, south of Little Dog Creek · Gardner Ranch Lane · Upper Indian Creek Road from the Y (51 Junction) South · The area west of County Road 62, south of the forest boundary (MP 12) and north of the 16 to the junction of FR 15/16 is in a level 3 evacuation. CR 62 and the 16 are open for through travel, at this time. LEVEL 2 GET SET - Lower Pine Creek · Lower Dog Creek · Lower Indian Creek · From J – L south to the end of County Road 65. Road Closures: · Homeowners on the lower Little Canyon Mountain Trail can access their homes. · The 15 road remains closed. The Malheur National Forest has implemented a closure for the fire area. To see evacuation zones and other information, click on the link, or cut and paste if required......http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4495/27716/. Total personnel - 715. The fire is under the command of a national IMT 1 with Beth Lund IC.
COUNTY LINE 2: Warm Springs Reservation six miles northwest of Warm Springs. 65,800 acres, 70 percent containment. Brush and short grass. Extreme fire behavior with short crown runs, running, and long range spotting. Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect. The fire progressed into heavy fuels and was actively burning, making short runs and spotted from west to east across Shitike Canyon. Night operations have continued with structure protection, and continued to hold Shitike Canyon. Mop up and strengthening of containment lines continued as well. For today operations continue with structure protection, holding and mop up of the west end of Shitike Canyon. Fire fighters will use hose lay and sprinklers as needed to contain spots, continue minor burnouts if needed. Minimal growth is expected on the north edge, IR shows heat remaining in the canyons. Fire is burning within containment lines at the west end of Shitike Canyon, active to extreme fire behavior could cause spotting outside the lines. Night shift crews will patrol and contain spots, burnout if needed and begin mop up. Previously installed hose lays should help reduce spotting. The fire is expected to continue to burn out in Shitike Canyon and could spot across lines making containment difficult. If spots occur that can not be contained, the fire could make runs to the south, west, and northwest. Structure protection remains a top priority on the fire. ALL areas of the Reservation are at level 1 Be Ready with the exception of the Tenino Road area which is at Level 2 Get Set. The Tenino Road is closed from mile post 1 to mile post 7. The Red Cross continues to maintain a shelter at the Warm Springs Community Center. Total personnel - 562 firefighters under the command of a regional IMT 2 with Shawn Sheldon IC.
EAGLE COMPLEX - PREVIOUSLY EAGLE FIRE: Wallowa-Whitman NF. The fire is burning 10 miles east of Medical Springs, Oregon. 11,908 acres, 7 percent contained. Timber, medium logging slash. Active fire behavior with group torching, running, and long range spotting. Structures threatened. Road closures in effect. The Eagle Complex consists of five separate fires started by lightning. This complex was previously reported as the Eagle Fire. Difficult terrain combined with hot weather and wind contributed to fire growth. On Wednesday, air support from fixed wing aircraft - including one 11,600 gallon retardant drop from a DC-10 VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker) - totaled 30,000 gallons on the Eagle Complex with an additional 2,000 gallons dropped using heavy helicopters. The aerial resources assisted firefighters in securing containment lines and cooling hot spots across the fire, primarily focusing on the East Eagle area where crews continued preparing lines in preparation for a burnout running from the eastern most section of the fire to the Little Eagle Creek. Crews were able to bring fire from the southern edge of the fire to the east of Forest Service Road 7745, down the hill to the road. Finally, structure protection measures remain in place around the fire perimeter including near Footbridge, just north of where the fire is continuing to back down the Boulder Creek and Two Colors drainages toward Forest Service Road 7755. Today, winds are expected to remain out of the south-southwest with gusts up to 20 mph. Indirect containment lines running east to west from the eastern-most section of the fire to the Eagle Cap Wilderness are expected to be completed today, and firefighters plan to burnout from the containment lines to secure the fire’s eastern edge as conditions allow. Aerial resources will continue supporting firefighters on the ground during the burnout operation. Crews remain engaged in mop up efforts on Forest Service Road 77 to the junction of the 7745 road to secure the southern edge of the fire, as well as continuing mop-up around structures in the East Eagle Creek area. The Baker County Sheriff's Office has issued a LEVEL 3 evacuation notice to include where the intersection of the 7700 road turns to the Northeast at the intersection of the 7700 and 7015 roads up the Long Creek drainage to the wilderness. The evacuation levels for the area south of the 7735 road, South of the junction of the 7735 and 7700 road to McBride Campground and over to Carson down to the forest boundary have been increased to a LEVEL 2 (Get Set). Evacuation levels for the Eagle Complex are available on the interactive incident map (http://arcg.is/1I5DaJw). To provide for the safety of Wallowa-Whitman National Forest visitors, an Area Fire Closure is in effect. The Emergency Closure and a map of the affected areas are available at www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman/. Firefighter and public safety remain the highest priorities. Total personnel - 328 under the command of a national IMT 2.
GRIZZLY BEAR COMPLEX: Umatilla NF. Twenty miles southeast of Dayton, WA. 68,180 acres, 10 percent contained at last report. Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with up hill runs, group torching, and short range spotting. The fire activity in the Grizzly Bear Complex has prompted forest officials to implement full closure of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness and several major forest roads that access wilderness trailheads. Firefighters have been working day and night to build direct and indirect fire lines. Contingency lines away from the northern perimeter of the fire are being scouted and will tie into existing fuel-reduction project areas and fire lines to the east of the Complex. Fire managers are planning to use air tankers when available to do point protection of structures in the area. If fixed wing air tankers are not available, heli tankers would be used for this purpose. Fire fighters continue to scout and prep areas for possible burnout operations. Expect to see burnouts becoming a very big part of the strategy here to control the fires in the complex. Efforts to contain the fire at the south and east perimeter have paid off as firefighters are now mopping up in Grouse Flats and along prepared lines in the rugged and steep slopes along the Grande Ronde River. Fire managers report that the containment lines there look the best they have in days. More than 14 miles of fire line has been constructed around the fire. The fire has been pushing to the west in the Wenaha drainage. The emphasis for the next two days will be to complete the fire lines along the entire south and southeast perimeters. Incident managers are looking forward to cooler weather predicted for this weekend when wetting rains and higher humidity levels are expected to prevail throughout the Pacific Northwest well into next week. The cold front, expected to arrive Thursday night, may also heighten the lightning activity level. Firefighters are preparing for initial attack of new fire starts. One hundred twenty five National Guard personnel who will help with the mop-up activities will arrive on Sunday. The soldiers will be stationed at a base camp east of the fire near Flora or at Troy, Ore. Evacuation levels will remain the same until fire weather conditions allow for a change. The fire perimeter will require mop up inside containment lines and the mop up standards will vary depending on surrounding fuels and distance from structures. Current evacuation notices include: Level 3 Go Now: Troy, Eden Bench, Grouse Flat, and Bartlett. The area North of the Grande Ronde river at Eden Bench and Troy to the state line. East along the state line to Hwy 129, north through Boggan’s Oasis to Big Butte. Level 2 Get Set: An area east of Hwy 129 from the State line north through Boggan’s Oasis to Big Butte. An area within the boundary from the Clearwater Guard Station to Lick Creek Road; from Lick Creek Rd. to Asotin city limits; around Asotin to the Snake River; from the Snake River south to the state line; from the state line west to Highway 129. Flora, Lost Prairie, Redmond Grade northeast to Highway 3 Level 1 Be Ready: City of Asotin, WA. Total personnel - 1041 plus under the command of a Washington IMT with Brian Gales as IC.
NEW MAJOR FIRE - FALLS CREEK FIRE: Wallowa National Forest four miles southwest of Joseph, OR. 324 acres, zero percent contained at last report. The fire is burning in timber and grass. Moderate fire behavior with torching, backing, and flanking seen. The fire is burning on Wallowa-Whitman National Forest lands, as well as private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. The fire was first reported on Saturday. The cause is undetermined. Firefighting resources are on scene and additional resources have been ordered. Additional firefighting resources will be routed to this fire as they become available from other incidents around the nation. Wallowa County officials issued a Level 1 evacuation notice for the residents of Hurricane Creek Road. Questions regarding evacuation notices and the evacuation process can be directed to the Wallowa County Communication Center at 541-426-3131. Any changes to the evacuation notice will be coordinated by Wallowa County Communication Center. Road closures have been implemented for public and firefighter safety and include: - Upper Hurricane Creek Road (Open to local traffic only) The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has implement Public Use Restrictions Phase C in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. This is of significance to hunters with the upcoming archery season opener on Saturday. Total personnel - 116 under the command of a type 3 IMT. Francis Tyler is the IC.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, (SISKIYOU, MODOC, TRINITY, HUMBOLDT, AND DEL NORTE COUNTIES):
RIVER COMPLEX: 60,744 acres, 26 percent containment reported. The complex is burning on the Shasta Trinity National Forest and also has a fire on the Six Rivers National Forest. Active fire behavior with up hill runs, grout torching, and backing seen. Today’s weather will once again bring south-west winds over the fire. Temperatures are expected to be warm and dry, though cooler temperatures, higher humidity and a chance of rain are expected Friday and into Saturday. The fire has responded favorably to areas where suppression activity has occurred, and is mainly backing slowly down slopes. However, where suppression actions have not occurred due to limited resources and unacceptable risk, specifically within the Trinity Alps Wilderness, the fire has continued to grow and become quite active. An example of this occurred late in the afternoon yesterday, as several large smoke columns were once again observed to the east, within the Wilderness. Yesterday, smoke jumpers worked their way from the north-west corner of the fire, down into Horse Linto Creek. Today they will scout the fire’s edge and identify opportunities to construct hand line along the north flank, adjacent to the footprint of the 2013 Corral Fire. Being inside the Wilderness, Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) will be used to minimize impacts on the ground. A second priority for today will be continuing to hold and secure the southern flank of the fire to keep it from moving closer to the Highway 299 corridor. Other priorities today include continuing to protect the Brooks Ranch area as well as securing and extinguishing hot spots remaining in Denny and other communities within the fire perimeter. A voluntary evacuation is still in effect for the residents along Forest Roads: 5N32 (Prairie Creek Road), 5N013 (French Creek Road), and 5N04 (Big Mountain Road). For more information on these closures, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4431/26432/. Total personnel - 516. The fire is under the command of a California IMT I. The IC is Rocky Oplinger.
ROUTE AND MAD RIVER COMPLEX: 35,451 acres, 74 percent containment on the Route portion. 36,055 acres, 68 percent containment in the Mad River portion. The Complex is burning on the Shasta Trinity National Forest and also on the Six Rivers National Forest. All fires in the complex were ignited by lightning between July 29 and 31st 2015. Active fire behavior with torching, spotting, and backing seen. All evacuations have been lifted except a voluntary evacuation at Forest Glen and a mandatory evacuation at Rutledge. No new information in today as of 10 am. Containment on both complexes increased to reflect the progress of firefighters and change in perimeter line status from active to contained. Acreages remained the same as yesterday. More resources are expected to arrive and work on the fires including the National Guard. Lassic Fire (16,791 acres, 39 % contained) Crews will continue to provide structure protection in the Rutledge area and they completed successful defensive burning operations yesterday. Today firefighters will continue to prep for and ignite defensive burning operations on the south end. The night shift found a spot fire outside the line on the west side of the fire and crews will be mopping it up today. Johnson Fire (33,782 acres, 53% contained) The south end of the fire heated up yesterday and the lines held. On the remainder of the fire crews continued to mop up, pull hose and are engaged in suppression repair. Pickett Fire (10,985 acres, 90% contained) Crews are hauling out fire hose and equipment as mop up continues. They are also starting suppression repair for watershed protection in the Ruth Lake area. Forest Service Road #1 remains closed approximately 5 miles north of Highway 36 at Forest Service Road 2N12. Van Duzen Road (County Road 511) is closed to non-residents, from Browns Canyon to junction with Ruth-Zenia Road (County Road 502). Total personnel - 1033 under the command of a national IMT I with Doug Turman IC.
SOUTH COMPLEX : 28,916 acres at 62 percent containment. The fires are burning on the Shasta Trinity National Forest. Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, backing, and creeping observed. Firefighters completed the burnout operation along the dozer line east of Olsen Creek and to Hayfork Creek. Several spot fires near the Trinity River, outside primary containment lines, were caught by firefighters with the use of existing dozer lines and helicopter water drops. Firefighters patrolled along the Lower South Fork Road near the residences, along the 301 Road, the Bar 717 Ranch and the northern portions of the fire perimeter. No spots were reported to have crossed the South Fork of the Trinity River or Hayfork Creek. Today the fire will continue its slow backing towards Hayfork Creek. Additional burnouts may be required to remove unburned ground fuels between the main fire and containment lines. Firefighters will continue to provide for structure protection and patrol the Lower South Fork Road near residences. Crews will patrol the area by Bar 717 Ranch, Route 301 and the rest of fire perimeter. The northeast corner of the Pattison Fire, west of the West Fork of Miners Creek, will be held in check by air tanker retardant and helicopter water drops. A hotshot crew will be inserted into the area to begin direct line construction on the fires edge. They hope to take advantage of forecast cooler weather and possible rain Friday night and Saturday morning. Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for some portions of the fire area. Total personnel - 654 under the command the national Type 1 IMT commanding the Fork Complex as well.
GASQUET COMPLEX: 21,477 acres, 31 percent containment. The complex is burning on the Six Rivers National Forest as the result of lightning strikes. The fires are burning in timber. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs, torching, and backing seen yesterday. After four years of drought and recent dry, hot weather, forest vegetation is extremely dry, resulting in rapid and large fire growth. There are two fires getting the focus of the effort on the complex. These are the Coon and Bear fires. Coon Fire: Night shift patrolled and strengthened fire line around the Tollefson Ranch. A spot fire was reported near the Cable Crossing. Hand line and hose lays were put in around the spot fire and it is currently being mopped up to make sure the spot fire is extinguished. The containment lines of the Coon fire are being patrolled to find hot spots. All other containment lines are being held successfully. The South Fork of the Smith River continues to hold as a natural barrier and fire has not crossed. Bear Fire: On the northwest portion of the fire, dozers and crews completed line to the South Siskiyou Fork, which is being utilized as a containment line. Burnout operations were successful along containment lines. The 17N05 Road continues to hold fire to the east, preventing its spread to the west. Crews conducted burnout operations around the Bear Basin Fire Lookout to prevent the fire from damaging the lookout. Options are being evaluated for fire line placement to the south and some line has been completed by hand crews and dozers. Feeder Fire: Feeder fire is 100% contained and in monitor status. Peak: Crews are improving roads to the west of the fire to act as containment lines, should the fire move out of the Wilderness. Suppression options are being evaluated based on recent fire activity. The South Fork Road, off of Highway 199, is limited to residential and fire traffic only. The east gate of Howland Hill Road has been closed. Howland Hill Road and attractions can still be accessed from the west, out of Crescent City. A closure order has been issued for the Bear Basin Lookout, Island Lake Trailhead, Doe Flat Trailhead, South Kelsey Trail, Summit Trail, and the Gasquet-Orleans Road. An additional closure has been signed to include the areas around Bear Fire, Coon Fire and some adjacent areas to the G-O Road. Highway 199 is not being impacted by any of the fires in the complex, but it is seeing heavy use by fire fighters and equipment going out to the fires. Please use caution from Oregon Mountain to Crescent City, California. Total personnel - 729 under command of a California IMT with Mark Nunez as Incident Commander.
NICKOWITZ FIRE: 6,364 acres, 54 percent contained. The fire is burning on the Six Rivers National Forest 15 miles west of Soames Bar. The fire is burning in timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking, and backing seen. The Nickowitz Fire is the largest of four fires on the Orleans Ranger District of the Six Rivers National Forest. Yesterday the southwest flank of the fire actively backed and flanked with short duration runs. Firefighters used burnout operations along Forest Road 13N01 towards Barren Butte to keep up with the fire’s progression. Burnout operations on the northwest flank along Forest Road 13N57 also kept up with the fire’s slow progression to the west. The fire had active interior fire behavior on the west flank. Suppression repair work continued on the north and east containment lines. The warm and dry weather pattern will remain today with predicted active fire behavior extending well into the drainages, especially Soapstone Gulch. Cool, wet weather is predicted starting Friday evening. Today’s priority is holding and securing the southwest flank along 13N01 and the check line leading from Barren Butte. Please remember that there is a temporary forest closure in place around the Nicowitz fire including a portion of the Siskiyou Wilderness. All roads and trails within the closure area will be restricted to authorized personnel only until the fire is declared out. Total personnel - 366 under the command of a national IMT 2 with Jay Kurth the IC.
DEMOCRAT FIRE - Final report: Trinity County near Weaverville. 128 acres, 60 percent containment. The fire is burning on private land under protection from Cal Fire and also on the Shasta Trinity National Forest. The fire is burning in timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing, uphill runs and short range spotting seen. Cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire is so named for nearby Democrat Creek. Winds died down yesterday and fire fighters quickly took the momentum away from the fire as a result. There were some spot fires, but fire fighters quickly dealt with them with support of helicopter drops. The size of the fire was downgraded with accurate mapping done. All evacuations for the fire area have been dropped. Secondary road closures around the fire are still in place. Highway 299 is open and unaffected, but do look at out for fire fighters and fire vehicles in the fire area. Firefighters will continue to mop up and strengthen containment lines. Residents are reminded to exercise caution when driving due to fire equipment and personnel working in the area. Total personnel - 500. Cal Fire is in command of this incident.
RAINFALL SUMMARY FOR MEDFORD AS OF 8/27/2015
Rainfall for the 24 hours ending at Midnight last night: 0.00
For the month of August the rainfall total is 0.01. This is 0.31 below average for the date. Normal rainfall in August for Medford is 0.60 inches.
For the Calendar year: 7.44 inches of rainfall. Normal rainfall in Medford for a calendar year is 18.75 inches. We are 2.62 inches below average for the calendar year to date.
For the water year since October 1: 14.29 inches. This is 3.41 inches below average to the date.
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OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RE OPENS ROGUE RIVER TO FISHING DURING ALL LEGAL HOURS
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has re opened the Rogue River to fishing for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and trout along the entire length of the river after boosting flows out of Lost Creek Reservoir.
ODF&W made the decision to allow angling after 2 pm due to an increase of flows out of Lost Creek Reservoir which was done to help incoming Fall Chinook Salmon in the river. Flows were increased to 1750 cubic feet per second on Thursday the 13th after ODF&W biologists determined that fall chinooks were attempting to move upriver. This increased flows in the entirety of the river, and at the same time also sends cooler water downstream. That cooler water is the key. It will drop temperatures enough to keep the waters from reaching the point where heat stress is a concern. Water temps had been reaching 75 degrees or higher in the middle and lower parts of the river. The flow increase should knock those down into the lower 60s which is within the acceptable limits. Do not however look for this to kick start fishing success which has been dreadful for weeks now for the middle and lower sections. Fishing in the Rogue will still be best in the upper section from Shady Cove on up, and down in the bay where salmon continue to keg up.
The lifting of the closure is only for the Rogue River. All other rivers and streams in Oregon continue to be under the emergency closure order. This means that fishing will still close daily at 2 pm until one hour before sunrise the next day on all other streams and rivers. That includes feeders into the Rogue like the Applegate and Illinois Rivers and the various creeks.
Click here to the link to the ODF&W website on the matter.
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