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Douglas Complex Fires, Friday 8a update


News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Forestry DOUGLAS COMPLEX UPDATE - AUG. 9, 2013 MORNING

Posted: August 9th, 2013 8:54 AM

Douglas Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Dennis Sifford, Incident Commander Phone Numbers: 541-832-0136; 541-832-0137 Douglas County Information Number: 888-459-3830 Hours of operation: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

August 9, 2013

8:00 am

Current Situation: The Douglas Complex currently consists of Rabbit Mountain, Dad's Creek, and Farmer's fires. Overall the primary focus is to strengthen control lines on the Rabbit Mountain and Dad's Creek fires.

Rabbit Mountain - 22,540 acres

The southwestern corner of the fire around Riffle Creek continues to grow while the remainder of the fire containment lines in the other areas around the fire are holding. Water drops from helicopters and hose lay will assist in the efforts to construct fire line in the southwestern area.

Dad's Creek - 21,242 acres

The south end of the fire continues to burn near the rugged areas of Reuben Creek where fireline is being constructed. Containment lines in the Rattlesnake Creek, Dry Creek and Poorman Creek areas continue to be strengthened to secure homes. Crews worked to tie lines together on the west side on the fire, and are nearing completion.

Weather: A Red Flag warning continues for the fire and surrounding area due to the chance of lighting that will last through 11:00 pm Friday, August 9th. Weather over the fire will include light clouds coming in and potential lightning forming about 1:00 pm. These lightning storms are predicted to bring rain.

Evacuations and Closures:

* Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed except for residents. The National Guard will be conducting traffic control at the road blocks and not interfere with firefighters working in the area.

* The Level 2 evacuation for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Ruben Road in Douglas County and Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County. The area from the community of Wolf Creek to Watertank Gulch is at a Level 1 evacuation.

* Residences in the area are still considered threatened. This means evacuations could be necessary at some point in the future. Any official evacuation orders would be issued by the Douglas County or Josephine County sheriff's offices.

Public Safety/Prevention: Firefighters are contending with hazards, like falling boulders and trees, old mine shafts, and narrow roads which are affecting access into some of the fire area. Values at risk include homes, commercial timberland, and critical wildlife habitat. There are no reports of homes burned. Seven minor injuries have been reported. Two outbuildings have burned.

Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased prevention restrictions for both industry and the public. Check www.dfpa.net before commencing your activities.

Fire Statistics:

Location: 7 miles north of Glendale, OR

Percent Contained: 32%

Complex Size: 44,045 acres

Cause: Lightning

Start Date: 7/26/13

Total Personnel: 3,138

 

 

Resources Include: 93 Type 2 hand crews, 4 Type 1 hand crews, 120 engines, 28 dozers, 46 water tenders, and overhead personnel, and National Guard resources

Air Resources: 12 Type 1 helicopters, 7 Type 2 helicopters, and 6 Type 3 helicopters

Places to get information:

Douglas Forest Protective Association -www.dfpa.net Twitter - www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA Facebook - www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/

Douglas Complex Photos - To view: http://tinyurl.com/DouglasFire2013

ODF PIO Blog - http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.

ODF Southwest Oregon District - www.swofire.com American Red Cross - www.redcross.org/nss Air Quality - www.oregonblogspot.com


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