Douglas County Complex Fire Update

The Douglas Complex currently consists of Rabbit Mountain, at 15,652 acres, Dad’s Creek, and Farmer’s fires. Because of favorable weather conditions over the weekend, firefighters have been able to make significant progress with fire line construction. Firing operations remove unburned vegetation between the fire and the control line, to make the line more secure. Fire activity is expected to increase today with lower humidity and higher temperature.

A planned burn in the Darby Creek drainage will increase smoke in the area. A burnout was started overnight on the southeast corner and burnout operations will continue through the day shift. The
containment line along the eastern side of the fire held yesterday with some mop up started. A combination of direct and indirect line construction has been completed from Middle Creek north and
then south to Cow Creek. These lines will continue to be tested with the change in weather conditions today.

Dad’s Creek – 18,548 acres

The south end of the fire continues to burn actively near Grave Creek. Successful firing operations were conducted overnight from the ridge south of Glendale to Grave Creek. Approximately 30 homes remain threatened in the Grave Creek, Poorman Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek
areas. There will be fewer structure engines working the fire, but protection will continue in the Grave Creek and Wolf Creek area today.

Farmer’s Creek and Miscellaneous Small Fires – 259 acres

Firefighters will continue mopping up these fires. No further fire activity is expected. This will be the last report on Farmer’s Creek and the other smaller fires within the Complex.

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

* Evacuations have been downgraded to a Level 2 (residents allowed back home, but restricted public access) for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Reuben Road in Douglas County. A Level 3 (restricted access for everyone) is still in effect for Poorman Creek Road, Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County.

Fire Statistics:
Location: 7 miles north of Glendale, OR
Percent Contained: 15%
Complex Size: 34,459 acres
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/26/13
Total Personnel: 2,397

This entry was posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013 and is filed under Local News, State News.