Miller Complex







Miller Complex Fire Update

September 25, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.

Acres: 36,496
Percent Contained: 70%
Start Date: August 14, 2017
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel: 167

Location: Private land and federal land on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 20 miles southwest of Medford, OR.
Fire Information: 541-838-0770, Email address: millercomplex2017@gmail.com

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Officials have reduced the Miller Complex Area Closure
The reduced area closure takes effect today, September 25, 2017. Due to the repair progress completed on both the Burnt Peak and Creedence fires, officials feel comfortable allowing recreationists and hunters back into the area. The Abney Fire area will remain closed for the time being as a safety precaution. For a more precise, technical definition of these closures, please see Forest Order Number 06-10-22-17-37, or visit the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure page at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.

Forest and fire managers ask that the public respect the area closure still in effect for the sake of public and firefighter safety. People driving or walking inside fire perimeters is a safety concern. When driving near fire areas, the public is cautioned to remain alert and drive with care as crews are likely to still be working in the area. With hunting season underway, it is particularly important that participants are informed on local area closures, fire restrictions, camping regulations and hazards found in recently-burned areas. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has a comprehensive list of informative links for hunters that can be found at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/fire.asp.

Fire personnel are planting seeds in areas disturbed by fire suppression tactics primarily where dozers were used. Planting seeds will promote regeneration in these impacted areas. Repair operations including water bar construction, chipping of woody debris, road improvement and backhauling of equipment have all been successful across the complex thus far, and will continue today.

The Elliot and Dutch Creak areas of the Abney Fire are the most active zone on the Miller Complex. Fire behavior is low, moving slowly across the forest floor consuming needle cast, leaf litter, and small scale twigs and brush. Visible smoke can be expected until a season ending event, such as snow. Weather is forecasted to become warmer and dryer as the week progresses. Firefighters have been collecting fuel samples from the field and testing moisture levels. Monitoring moisture levels in forest materials will allow fire managers to better estimate upcoming fire behavior, and plan accordingly.

Closures:
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has a closure area in place https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. For Klamath National Forest closures see https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.
Miller Complex Information Websites:
Inciweb - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MillerComplexFires/ and https://facebook/R6RRSNF
Miller Complex Abney Fire, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/

For all wildfires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF, Joint Information Center Blog - http://swojic.blogspot.com/



Miller Complex Road Closure update Map





Miller Complex Fire Update
September 24, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.
                                                                       
Acres: 36,496  
Percent Contained: 70%   
Start Date: August 14, 2017      
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel:  171
Location: Private land and federal land on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 20 miles southwest of Medford, OR.

Fire Information: 541-838-0770, Email address: millercomplex2017@gmail.com

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Type 3 IMT maintain public and firefighter safety as their top priority on the Miller Complex. Repair work continues and active fire is being monitored. Steep slopes, rugged terrain and heavy fuel loading all pose challenges for firefighters. All of these hazardous factors are taken into account as fire managers assess risks involved with operational tactics.

As a warming and drying trend moves into the region, increased fire activity and visible smoke can be expected. Today will be sunny with temperatures around 70-75. Easterly winds overnight will cause humidity to drop. As humidity drops, fuels on the ground will become dryer leading to increased fire behavior.

In preparation for the upcoming weather shift, daily operations on the Abney Fire will focus on thinning and brushing work along Forest Road 1050 and the accompanying spur roads 140 and 160. Fuels reduction along these roads will further improve the containment lines in place to protect private property along the fire’s eastern flank. Fire activity is being monitored with aircraft and ground personnel.

Today on the Creedence Fire, crews will continue chipping woody debris, constructing water bars, covering of hand and dozer line, backhauling of equipment that is no longer needed and assessment of additional repair needs. Resource advisors have approved the repair work completed on the Burnt Peak Fire. Crews will patrol both incidents to ensure fire remains within containment lines. The Knox Fire is being monitored by air and has shown minimal fire activity.

Closures:
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has a closure area in place https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. For Klamath National Forest closures see https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices. Forest officials are discussing a reduced closure area.

Miller Complex Information Websites:
Miller Complex Abney Fire, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/
For all wildfires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF, Joint Information Center Blog - http://swojic.blogspot.com/










09-23-17 Miller Complex Daily Update






Fire Information: 541-838-0770 Email address: millercomplex2017@gmail.com

A Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed management responsibilities for the Miller Complex Friday
morning. Fire managers evaluate personnel safety and exposure when developing suppression strategies. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest features heavy fuel loading, steep slopes, rugged terrain and difficult access, all of which influence operational decisions.

Operations Section Chief Jason Hutchinson shared the following statement, “As a team, we are determining the safest, most efficient operational plan. All of our strategies and tactics are based terrain, hazards, weather conditions and fire behavior. Firefighter safety is paramount.”

Fire activity was limited to creeping and smoldering yesterday, burning primarily in heavy downed logs and surface fuels. Today’s fire behavior will be very similar. As we move towards warmer and drier conditions, an increase in fire activity is expected in the Elliot and Dutch creek drainages. High temperatures will be in the mid to upper 60s today and humidity
will drop to around 35 to 40 percent.

Yesterday’s clear skies allowed for aerial observations and a thorough assessment of fire behavior and identification of areas for direct and indirect containment lines. Fire managers will utilize natural barriers and road systems in the Elliot and Dutch creek areas to limit fire growth.

The east flank of the Abney Fire remains the highest priority in the complex
due to the proximity to private land and the amount of uncontrolled fire edge. Crews will continue with fuels reduction operations along road systems to improve primary, alternate and contingency lines.

The Knox Fire, located in the Red Buttes Wilderness, displayed minimal fire activity is being monitored by air. Firefighters completed the majority of work on the Burnt Peak Fire and will patrol the wildfire to ensure that it remains within established containment lines. On the Creedence Fire, crews will remove portable water tanks, hoses and pumps from the fireline and repair resource damage from fire suppression activities. These repair measures include: building water bars, covering hand lines and dozer lines, and chipping woody debris.

Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has a closure area in place https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/roguesiskiyou/ alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.
For Klamath National Forest closures see https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Miller Complex Information Websites:
Inciweb - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/#

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MillerComplexFires/ and https://facebook/R6RRSNF
Miller Complex Abney Fire, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/

For all wildfires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF, Joint Information Center Blog - http://swojic.blogspot.com/






09-22-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

Acres: 36,496
Percent Contained: 70%
Start Date: August 14, 2017
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel: 284
Location: Private land and federal land on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 20 miles southwest of Medford, OR.
Fire Information: 541-838-0770 (new phone number), Email address:millercomplex2017@gmail.com

A Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed management responsibilities for the Miller Complex at 6:00 a.m. today. The Type 3 IMT remains committed to public and firefighter safety as the top priority. Steep slopes and rugged terrain make evacuating an injured firefighter extremely difficult, and fire management decisions and strategies are based on this and other risk-management factors. “We continue to assess opportunities for indirect and direct control lines as the terrain and fire activity allow,” said Incident Commander Trainee Jimmer Hunt. “As with any suppression activity, we are weighing probability of success of the operation against firefighter exposure and determining the best course of action moving forward.”

The fire area received significantly less rainfall than other areas of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Minimal fire activity occurred yesterday, and fire behavior will likely be reduced to smoldering and creeping today. A transition towards warmer and drier conditions starts today with temperatures expected to be 5 to 10 degrees above normal by early next week.

Expect to see increased fire activity in the Middle Fork Applegate River drainage and Dutch Creek area. With a warmer weather building over the fire area, fire managers will identify opportunities to limit fire spread on the Abney Fire. A combination of natural barriers, road systems and containment lines will be implemented in the Dutch Creek area on the eastern flank and in the Slick Rock and Bear Wallow areas to the west. In the Joe Bar area, the fire has now backed down to the creek as anticipated.

The warning to evacuate was lifted September 19 and residents were notified.

Firefighters will patrol the Burnt Peak Fire to ensure that it remains within established containment lines. On the Creedence Fire, crews and equipment will be utilized to backhaul or remove equipment no longer needed and also repair the impacts from the fire suppression effort. These repair measures include: building water bars, covering hand lines and dozer lines and chipping woody debris.

Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has a closure area in place https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/roguesiskiyou/ alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. For Klamath National Forest closures see https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.
Miller Complex Information Websites: Inciweb - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/#
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MillerComplexFires/ and https://facebook/R6RRSNF
Miller Complex Abney Fire, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/


For all wildfires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF, Joint Information Center Blog - http://swojic.blogspot.com/



Clearing Fuels Along the Fireline







                           

Miller Complex Fire Update
Sept. 21, 2017
Northwest Incident Management Team 9 (NW9), Brian Goff, Incident Commander
Information Phone: 541-899-5302 Email: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com
Complex Size: 36,302 acres      Containment: 65%     Personnel: 225

Tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 22), Northwest Incident Management Team 9 (NW9) turns over management of the Miller Complex fires to a Type 3 command structure, signaling a reduction in the incident’s complexity.  Today, the Type 3 team will work with NW 9.  The Type 3 team will continue operations at the current incident command post location.  Some of the management and support staff from NW9 will continue with the Type 3 team, along with approximately 200 firefighters.  Personnel are expected to remain on the complex until a season-ending event, such as sufficient rain/snow, arrives to stop fire activity.
Current Situation:  Firefighter and public safety are the top priority.
The Miller Complex remains at 65% completed overall. The complex includes the portion of the Abney Fire that is north of the Pacific Crest Trail.  The east and west flanks of the Abney Fire make up about 35% of the complex perimeter.  Those east and west flanks are not contained today, but they pose little threat to high values such as infrastructure and private lands.
On the west flank, fire movement is restricted to the Red Buttes Wilderness.  Fire is compatible with wilderness management, and numerous natural barriers exist within the wilderness to limit fire spread.
On the east flank of Abney, firefighters have constructed fireline to the north and east of the open fire perimeter.  The ridge that includes the Pacific Crest Trail will be the containment feature to the south.  Those lines will contain the fire and prevent it from entering private lands.
Probabilities are high that season-ending rain/snow will occur before the fire reaches the containment boundary.  However, if future weather conditions allow the fire to spread toward those boundaries, a team will be in place to implement timely suppression actions and hold the fire within the identified containment area.
Today’s weather/fire behavior:  Cloudy, cool, damp weather prevailed over the incident yesterday.  Measurable rainfall varied widely from wet to dry, west to east, with 1.53 inches of rain northwest of the Creedence Fire, 0.36 inches at Carberry, and 0.2 inches at Squaw Peak to the east.  
Today will be cool, yet warmer than yesterday, damp and showery.  With the wet, cool and windy conditions, firefighters will adjust to changing weather conditions by watching for snags, burnt debris, washouts and slippery surfaces.  Little fire activity is anticipated due to the wetting rain.  Fire behavior is anticipated to be low. Drier and warmer weather starts Friday and will continue into next week.
Miller Complex Abney Fire, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT): https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/.

Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closed areas  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.  The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.   Klamath National Forest closures see https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/#   Joint Information Center Blog: http://swojic.blogspot.com/  














09-20-17 Miller Complex Daily Update


Current Situation: A strong upper level trough and associated cold front will move across the complex today. This morning, winds will be especially prevalent over ridges, but are expected to lessen this afternoon as the front moves east. Rain is also expected this morning, diminishing to showers this afternoon.

On Friday, NW IMT 9 will be turning over management of the Miller Complex fires to a Type 3 command structure, signaling a reduction in the incident’s complexity. The Type 3 team will patrol established containment lines, rehabilitate those lines as needed, and monitor areas of the fire where natural features provide containment. These may include areas of less dense vegetation and significant rock band formations.

The Type 3 team inherits the incident command post location. Approximately 200 firefighters will continue to be assigned to the Miller Complex. Personnel are expected to remain on the fire until a season-ending event, such as sufficient snow, to stop fire activity.

The Miller Complex is 65% contained overall. Firefighter and public safety remain a top priority. Over the days during wet conditions, firefighters will focus on accomplishing work safely, adjusting to changing weather and conditions by being mindful of snags blown down by wind, the potential for movement of burnt debris, washouts and slippery surfaces.

Today, little fire activity is anticipated due to the wetting rain. Fire behavior is anticipated to be low for the next several days. Firefighters will repair hand lines on the Creedence Fire and continue chipping work on the west flank of the Abney Fire. Chipping the woody material previous cut during suppression activities creates mulch that is then spread to help contain erosion that could occur in heavy rain. Other activities on the Abney Fire include patrols in on the north flank as far east as Seattle Bar; as well as backhaul of equipment -- such as hose -- on the fire’s east flank.
In the Joe Bar area, the fire has now backed down to the creek as anticipated. The warning to evacuate was lifted September 19 and residents were notified.

Fire managers are actively consulting with local district and resource advisors on fire repair opportunities, such as evaluating the need for water bars in areas where suppression activities have taken place. Water bars help prevent erosion and improve soil stability in areas that lack vegetation due to burning. They are typically installed in hand and dozer lines.


Fire Statistics: Start Date: August 14, 2017 Cause: Lightning Complex Size: 36,302 acres
Containment: 65% Personnel: 338










09-19-17 Miller Complex Daily Update


Evacuations: The evacuation warning for the Joe Bar community has been lifted. There are no evacuations on the Miller Complex.

Weather: Rains brought moisture to most of the Miller Complex over the last two days, with the largest amounts on the west side of the Abney Fire. Forecasts show more widespread, significant rain coming tonight and into Wednesday with a quarter to a half inch over most of the complex and up to one inch over the western edge. Winds will increase with gusts on the higher peaks of up to 40 mph.

The rain has decreased fire behavior, but this system will not put the fire out. Fire behavior will diminish while the front moves through, with the potential for the fire to become active if conditions dry out in the future. The public will likely see smoke from the interior of these fires until a season-ending weather event occurs.

Current Situation: Containment on Miller Complex is 65% overall. Firefighter and public safety remain top priority on the complex. Over the next few days firefighters will focus on accomplishing work safely under changing conditions. Rain and wind will make for slippery conditions and unstable grounds that could lead to washouts.

The chipping operation on the Creedence Fire is complete and will be complete on the Burnt Peak Fire today. Firefighters will continue to patrol these fires daily.

The west flank of the Abney Fire continues to be active near the Middle Fork of the Applegate River and below Whiskey Ridge. Fire managers will use the Red Buttes Wilderness as a containment area. This wilderness has natural barriers such as rock bands and minimal vegetation, features that confine fire. Although there could be some fire activity in these rugged areas, the likelihood of the fire threatening private values is low.

On the east flank, there is fire in the West Fork of Dutch Creek. It has traveled to the top of the ridge above the creek. Fire managers have designed a plan to confine the fire to that area, protecting private industrial timber land to the east and south. Eventually, changes in the weather will put the fire out.

Fire managers are working with local district and resource advisors on suppression repair opportunities. Firefighters are installing waterbars to help prevent erosion of lines constructed as part of the suppression action. Waterbars are typically installed in hand and dozer lines.

Over the next few days the Miller Complex will downsize personnel and prepare to transition into a Type 3 incident management team toward the end of the week.

Miller Complex Abney Fire, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT): https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/.
Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closed areas https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.
The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.
Klamath National Forest closures see https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/# Joint Information Center Blog: http://swojic.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MillerComplexFires/ or https://facebook/R6RRSNF
















09-18-17 Miller Complex Daily Update



Current Situation: A front that arrived late last night is bringing with it highly anticipated humidity and cooler temperatures to the fires within the Miller Complex. Variable rains are expected throughout the day with an increased chance of heavier rains Tuesday into Wednesday.

Although the arrival of the cool front is a positive development, the moisture will not extinguish the fires. Instead, fire behavior will diminish while the front moves through the fire complex with the potential for the fire to become active again if conditions dry out in the future. The public can still expect to see smoke from the interior of these fires until a season-ending weather event occurs.

The Miller Complex remains at 59% containment overall and firefighters continue to meet objectives and patrol lines. Firefighter and public safety remain top priority and over the next few days firefighters will focus on accomplishing work safely to adjust to the changing weather and conditions by being mindful of the potential for movement of burnt debris, washout and slippery surfaces.

The west flank of the Abney Fire continues to be active near the Middle Fork of the Applegate River and below Whiskey Ridge. Fire managers will use the Red Buttes Wilderness as a containment feature. The Red Buttes Wilderness is comprised of natural barriers such as rock bands with minimal vegetation that present an opportunity to confine fire. Although there could be some fire activity in these rugged areas if conditions are right, the likelihood of the fire threatening private values at risk is low.

Fire on the east flank of the Abney Fire has become established in the West Fork of Dutch Creek and has traveled up to the top of the ridge above the creek. Based on reconnaissance from the ground, and forecasted weather, the team has designed a plan to confine the fire and protect private industrial timber land in the area. Eventually, containment will occur with natural changes in the weather.

In the Joe Bar area, the fire has now backed down to the creek as anticipated. Joe Bar remains under an evacuation warning, however this warning is being evaluated.

Good progress has been made on suppression repair throughout the complex and is nearing completion on the Creedence and Bigelow Fires. The Burnt Peak Fire will transition into patrol status over the next few days, meaning crew activity will diminish on this fire but firefighters will continue to patrol the area daily.
Fire managers are actively consulting with local district and resource advisors on fire repair opportunities, such as evaluating the need for waterbars in areas where suppression activities have taken place. Waterbars help prevent erosion and improve soil stability in areas that lack vegetation due to burning. They are typically installed in hand and dozer lines.


Over the next few days the Miller Complex will downsize personnel and prepare to transition into a Type 3 incident command structure toward the end of the week.











09-17-17 Miller Complex Daily Update 


Current Situation: The Miller Complex grew slightly again yesterday and remains at 59% containment overall. The fire continues to be active in the vicinity of the Middle Fork of the Applegate River and below Whiskey Ridge. This activity is the result of continued low fuel moistures and low humidity allowing the fire to burn.
Firefighters are making good progress meeting objectives with safety as the top priority. Today, crews are expecting below normal temperatures and active fire behavior in some areas within the perimeter. This could result in continued smoke in the vicinity of the Abney Fire. The public can expect to see smoke from the interior of these fires until a season-ending weather event occurs.
The Abney Fire has become established in the West Fork of Dutch Creek and has traveled up to the top of the ridge above the creek. In the Joe Bar area, the fire has now backed down to the creek as anticipated. Joe Bar remains under an evacuation warning and it is being evaluated.
Crews continue to monitor, patrol and secure containment lines in other areas of the Abney Fire.
Suppression repair is nearing completion on the Burnt Peak, Creedence and Bigelow Fires. This is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair the land and minimize the potential for soil erosion that might arise from suppression activities. Firefighters will be chipping material which was produced by the removal of brush and placing water bars in some constructed firelines to reduce the chances of erosion.
Today is expected to be sunny and dry with cooler temperatures providing for continued fire activity before a front arrives this evening which will bring moisture and cooler temperatures over the next few days. Although we expect wetting rains from this system which will decrease fire activity for a while, it is not likely to be a season ending event.

There will be a community meeting at the Applegate Valley Fire Station #9, Tuesday evening, September 19, at 6 p.m., to provide an update on fire operations and team management.


Fire Statistics: Start Date: August 14, 2017 Cause: Lightning Complex Size: 35,846 acres
Containment: 59% Personnel: 450

Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. Klamath National Forest closures include a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

















09-15-17 Miller Complex Daily Update 


Current Situation: The Miller Complex has grown slightly and is at 59% containment overall. Increased fire activity in the vicinity of the Middle Fork of the Applegate River and below Whiskey Ridge, produced increased smoke over the surrounding area yesterday. This increased activity was the result of continued low fuel moisture and a dry, cool front which passed over the complex allowing the fire to burn more actively.
Firefighters continue to work hard to meet objectives using the resources available with safety as the top priority. Today, crews are expecting normal temperatures with dry conditions and the potential for active fire behavior in some areas within the perimeter. This could result in increased smoke in the vicinity of the Abney Fire. Fire behavior remains consistent with weather and environmental conditions and is expected to creep, burn and in some instances, make uphill runs and possibly torch within the interior of the fire. The public can expect to see smoke from the interior of these fires until a season-ending weather event occurs.
The Abney Fire has crossed the West Fork of Dutch Creek and has traveled up and over the handline which was put in place along the ridge above the creek. In the Joe Bar area, the fire has now backed down to the creek in many locations as anticipated. Joe Bar remains under an evacuation warning.
Crews continue to monitor, patrol and secure containment lines in other areas of the Abney Fire. On the northwest, northeast, and west, fire crews are holding and securing direct and indirect fireline.
The Burnt Peak Fire, the Creedence Fire and Bigelow Fires are near completion. Suppression repair is the next phase of the control effort. This is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair the land and minimize the potential for soil erosion and other issues that might arise from suppression activities. Firefighters will be chipping material which was produced by the removal of brush and placing water bars in some constructed firelines to reduce the chances of erosion.

This weekend, the weather is expected to be sunny and dry with warm temperatures providing for potential moderate fire activity before a front arrives Sunday evening bringing moisture and cooler temperatures.

Fire Statistics:  Start Date: August 14, 2017  Cause: Lightning   Complex Size: 35,499 acres  Containment:
59%   Personnel: 530 Acres


Miller Complex Abney Fire, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT): The Eclipse Complex, in California, on the Klamath National Forest, is managing the Abney Fire south of the PCT. See: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/.

Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. Klamath National Forest closures include a portion of the Pacific Crest



Information: Phone: 541-899-5302 Email: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/# Joint Information Center Blog: http://swojic.blogspot.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MillerComplexFires/ or https://facebook/R6RRSNF Twitter: #MillerComplex See where you are in relation to the fires: http://tinyurl.com/MillerComple






  09-15-17 Miller Complex Daily Update


Current Situation: As of this morning, the Miller Complex is reporting 54% overall containment with no growth. Yesterday, additional smoke was visible over the Miller Complex due to increased fire activity coming from the within the interior, on the west side of the Abney Fire. Increased activity was a result of low fuel moistures and a dry, cool front over the complex. Firefighters continue to work hard to meet objectives using the resources available with safety as top priority. Today, crews are expecting warmer temperatures and drier conditions with the potential for increased fire activity within the perimeter that could result in increased smoke within the Abney Fire area. Fire behavior remains consistent with weather and environmental conditions and is expected to creep, burn and in some instances, torch within the interior of the fire.

On the Abney Fire, crews continue to monitor, patrol and secure containment lines. On the northwest and northeast part of the Abney fire crews are holding and securing direct and indirect fireline. Crews are expecting increased fire behavior on the west and northwest sides of the Abney fire. Firefighters continue to monitor and patrol the Joe Bar area where the fire is slowly backing down a steep hill where it will eventually meet handline. Because of this, Joe Bar remains under an evacuation warning.

Containment has been achieved on the Burnt Peak Fire and is near completion on the Creedence and Bigelow Fires. Firefighters continue to conduct patrol and mop-up operations around the perimeter of these fires. The public can still expect to see wisps of smoke and smoldering within the interior of these fires until a season-ending event occurs.

Suppression repair is the next phase of the control effort, and is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair the land and minimize the potential for soil erosion and other issues that might arise from suppression activities. It usually begins before the fire is completely contained. On the Creedence, Bigelow and Burnt Peak Fires, crews have already begun chipping woody and burnt debris as part of this repair effort.

This weekend, the weather is expected to be sunny and dry with warmer temperatures and the potential for moderate fire activity before another cold front arrives early next week, bringing moisture and cooler temperatures.

Fire Statistics: Start Date: August 14, 2017
Cause: Lightning
Complex Size: 34,535 acres
Containment: 54%
Personnel: 545
Acres: Creedence Fire, 2,089 acres; Bigelow Fire, 71 acres; Burnt Peak Fire, 4,147 acres; Abney Fire, 27,760 acres

Miller Complex Abney Fire, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT): The Eclipse Complex, located in northern California on the Klamath National Forest, is managing the Abney Fire south of the PCT. Information is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/.

Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Information: Phone: 541-899-5302
Email: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/#
Joint Information Center Blog: http://swojic.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MillerComplexFires/ or https://facebook/R6RRSNF
Twitter: #MillerComplex
See where you are in relation to the fires: http://tinyurl.com/MillerComplex










09-14-17 Miller Complex Daily Update



Current Situation: Firefighting operations continue to meet objectives using the resources available with public and firefighter safety as the top priority. Over the past few days, crews have made good progress with 47% overall containment on the complex.

Containment has been achieved on the Burnt Peak Fire and is near completion on the Creedence and Bigelow Fires. Firefighters continue to conduct patrol and mop-up operations around the perimeter of all of these fires. The public can still expect to see wisps of smoke and smoldering within the interior of these fires until a season-ending event occurs.

Meanwhile, crews on the Abney fire are continuing to improve and secure containment lines to the east and northwest and patrolling indirect handline on the west flank. Crews are securing the line on the northeast corner of the fire and back-hauling some of the hose from a complex sprinkler system. Fire activity on the Abney fire remains moderately active in some areas with smoldering and backing fire behavior. Firefighters have achieved containment objectives on the north line of the Abney Fire near the Joe Bar area where the fire continues to slowly back down the steep hill where it will eventually meet containment line. Because of this, crews will continue to monitor and patrol this edge of the fire and Joe Bar remains under an evacuation warning.

Although some fire suppression activities are winding down, crews will begin to engage and plan for suppression repair activities throughout the complex. Fire suppression repair is the next phase of the control effort, and is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair impacts to the land and minimize the potential for soil erosion and other issues that might arise from these activities. It usually begins before the fire is completely contained.

Repair work will focus on areas that were affected by the suppression activities such as hand lines, dozer lines, and helispots that were used to support the crews. Other work firefighters may complete include water bar construction on the hand and dozer lines. Water bars divert water from trails and roads to reduce soil erosion and prevent gullies from forming.

Before leaving the fire, crews may also construct berms, spread brush and rocks onto the cut lines and bare ground that were used to support suppression targets. Also, crews will remove refuse, flagging, and other equipment as part of their efforts to restore the land to a more natural condition.

Over the next few days, firefighters are expecting a dry, cold front to move through the Miller Complex with the potential for some light rain. Cooler day and nighttime temperatures have the potential to increase fuel moistures and decrease fire activity even more, giving firefighters increased opportunity to secure, mop-up and begin rehabilitation efforts.

Fire Statistics:  Start Date: August 14, 2017  Cause: Lightning   Complex Size: 34,535 acres   Containment: 47%  Personnel: 529

Creedence and Bigelow (Grayback) Fires (Seven miles south of Williams); Creedence: 2,089 acres; Bigelow: 71 acres
Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and three miles north of Applegate Lake); 4,147 acres
Abney Fire (South of Applegate Lake and north of Seiad Valley, CA): 27,760 acres.

Miller Complex Abney Fire (section located on the Klamath National Forest, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)). The Eclipse Complex, located in northern California on the Klamath National Forest, is managing the Abney Fire south of the PCT. Information is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/.

Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.


Information: Phone: 541-899-5302 Email: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/# Joint Information Center Blog: http://swojic.blogspot.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MillerComplexFires/ or https://facebook/R6RRSNF   Twitter: #MillerComplex See where you are in relation to the fires: http://tinyurl.com/MillerComplex







    09-13-17 Miller Complex Daily Update


Community Meetings: The Northwest Incident Management Team 9 and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will host a community meeting today, Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Applegate Valley Fire Station #9 1095 Upper Applegate Road Jacksonville, OR 97530. Fire personnel will provide a fire briefing for the public.

Current Situation: Fire operations continue to meet objectives using available resources, while adjusting to changing weather conditions with the safety of firefighters and the public as first priority. Firefighters are securing containment lines on the Creedence, Bigelow and Burnt Peak fires. Crews on the Abney fire will continue to build, improve and secure containment lines to the east, north and northwest of the Abney fire.

Weather will be cool and sunny today with light winds later this evening. Fuel moistures continue to be low. A dry cold front is moving into the region and cooler temperatures are expected in the days ahead. The public can still expect to see smoke and burning within the interior of the fires until a season-ending event occurs.

Creedence Fire and Bigelow (Grayback) Fire (Seven miles south of Williams; Creedence: 2,089 acres; Bigelow: 71 acres). Fire activity on the Creedence and Bigelow fires has been minimal over the last few days. Given the dense fuels in the area, the interior of the fire will continue to smoke for some time. Firefighters will continue to work on mop-up where needed and monitor the line on the north side of the fire.

Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and three miles north of Applegate Lake; 4,147 acres). Although the fire has not grown in several days, residents may continue to see wisps of smoke and smoldering within the fire’s interior. Crews will continue to patrol the fire perimeter.
Abney Fire (South of Applegate Lake and north of Seiad Valley, CA; 27,760 acres). Crews are working on the east and west flanks of the Abney Fire. Firefighters are completing direct line and working toward containment on the northwest side of the fire. Mop-up and patrol of existing line continues to be effective. Contingency lines are being constructed to the east of direct line efforts to reinforce containment efforts.

Miller Complex Abney Fire (section located on the Klamath National Forest, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)). The Eclipse Complex, located in northern California on the Klamath National Forest, is managing the Abney Fire south of the PCT. Information is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/.

Evacuations: The Joe Bar area, located in California near the north edge of the Abney Fire, remains under an evacuation warning. All other evacuations have been lifted.

Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.








09-12-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

Fire Statistics: Start Date: August 14, 2017 Cause: Lightning Complex Size: 34,033 acres Personnel: 601 Containment: 40%
 
Community Meetings: The team will host two community meetings this week to brief the public on the progress of the Miller Complex. The west side community meeting will be held today, Tuesday, September 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Williams Elementary School located at 20691 Williams Hwy, Williams, OR 97544. The eastside community meeting will be held Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Applegate Valley Fire Station #9 1095 Upper Applegate Road Jacksonville, OR 97530.
Current Situation: Team operations continue to meet fire objectives, adjusting plans based on available resources and changing weather conditions. Due to national fire activity, resources are limited. Containment lines continue to hold with great success throughout the complex. Higher humidity, lower temperatures and moisture reduced fire behavior and assisted in securing containment lines on the Creedence, Bigelow and Burnt Peak fires. Crews on the Abney fire will continue to build, improve and secure containment lines to the east, north and northwest of the Abney fire. Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor secured line in all divisions of the complex.
Cooler weather and increased humidity has decreased smoke over the fire area. Dry air and some gusty winds may be present over the next burn period and cooler temperatures are predicted later in the week. Fuel moistures continue to be low to very low.
Although progress has been made, the public can still expect to see smoke and burning within the interior of the fires until a season- ending event occurs.
Creedence Fire and Bigelow (Grayback) Fire (Seven miles south of Williams; Creedence: 2,089 acres; Bigelow: 71 acres). Fire activity on the Creedence and Bigelow fires has been minimal over the last few days. Firefighters continue mop-up efforts. Given the dense fuel-type, the interior of the fire will continue to smoke and burn for some time. Firefighters will continue to maintain a presence on the fire as mop-up continues.
Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake; 4,147 acres). Although the fire has not grown in several days, residents may continue to see fire activity within the fire’s interior. Crews will continue to patrol the fire perimeter. 
Abney Fire (South of Applegate Lake and north of Seiad Valley, CA; 27,257acres). Crews are working on the east and west flanks of the Abney Fire. Crews are beginning line construction and burn-out on the west side of the fire near the wilderness today.
Contingency lines are being constructed to the east of direct line efforts to reinforce containment efforts.
Miller Complex Abney Fire (section located on the Klamath National Forest): Containment lines on the north and the east side from Forest Road 46N50 north to the Pacific Crest Trail of the Abney fire have been completed. Crews are focusing efforts on the south side of the Abney fire Horse Creek and the southern portion of Forest Road 46N50 to secure containment lines and protect the Seiad Valley community.
Evacuations: The Joe Bar area, located in California near the north edge of the Abney Fire, remains under an evacuation warning. All other evacuations have been lifted.
Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.
Information: Phone: 541-899-5302  Email: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/# Joint Information Center Blog: http://swojic.blogspot.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MillerComplexFires/ or https://facebook/R6RRSNF Twitter: #MillerComplex See where you are in relation to the fires: http://tinyurl.com/MillerComplexEvacs













09-11-17 Miller Complex Daily Update




Fire Statistics:  Start Date: August 14, 2017  Cause: Lightning  Complex Size: 34,266 acres  Personnel: 596  Containment: 40%



Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 9, Brian Goff, incident commander, took over management of the Miller Complex fires at 6 am, Sept. 11, 2017, following the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team.



Community Meetings: The team will host two community meetings this week to brief the public on the progress of the Miller Complex. The west side community meeting will be held Tuesday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Williams Elementary School located at 20691 Williams Hwy, Williams, OR 97544. The eastside community meeting will be held Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Applegate Valley Fire Station #9 1095 Upper Applegate Road Jacksonville, OR 97530.



Current Situation: Containment lines held with great success throughout the complex. Higher humidity, lower temperatures and moisture reduced fire behavior and assisted in securing containment lines on the Creedence, Bigelow and Burnt Peak fires. Crews on the Abney fire will continue to build, improve and secure containment lines to the east, north and northwest of the Abney fire.



Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor secured line in all divisions of the complex.



The change in weather conditions has decreased smoke over the fire area which has allowed use of air operations. Today will be a bit warmer with lower humidity; as a result, fire activity may be somewhat elevated. Although progress has been made, the public can still expect to see smoke and burning within the interior of the fires until a season-ending event occurs.



Creedence Fire and Bigelow (Grayback) Fire (Seven miles south of Williams; Creedence: 2,089 acres; Bigelow: 71 acres). Fire activity on the Creedence and Bigelow fires has been minimal over the last few days. Firefighters continue to monitor and patrol firelines and conduct mop-up efforts. Given the dense fuel-type, the interior of the fire will continue to smoke and burn for some time. Firefighters will continue to maintain a presence on the fire as mop-up continues.



Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake; 4,147 acres). Although the fire has not grown in several days, residents may continue to see fire activity within the fire’s interior. Crews will continue securing containment lines, patrolling, and mopping up around the perimeter of the fire.



Abney Fire (South of Applegate Lake and north of Seiad Valley, CA; 27,491acres). Crews continue to work on the east and west flanks of the Abney Fire. Resources will scout the west side of the fire near the wilderness today. Contingency lines are being constructed to the east of direct line efforts to reinforce containment efforts.



Miller Complex Abney Fire (section located on the Klamath National Forest). The south flank of the Abney Fire is now considered contained, while crews seek out remaining heat on the fire’s east flank inside containment lines. Crews and helicopters are now mopping up remaining hotspots along the completed line on the Abney Fire’s east flank from the 46N50 Road north to the Pacific Crest Trail. Contingency lines are in place east of Horse Creek along the Gap Fire burn area.


Evacuations: The Joe Bar area, located in California near the north edge of the Abney Fire, remains under an evacuation warning. All other evacuations have been lifted.

Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Information:  Phone: 541-523-1208   Email: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com

Joint Information Center Blog: http://swojic.blogspot.com/
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09-10-17 Miller Complex Daily Update





Current Situation: After completing a full tour of duty, today is the last day the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team will provide leadership for the Miller Complex. Beginning tomorrow morning at 0600, the incident will be led by the Northwest Type 2 Incident Management Team 9 under the IC Brian Goff.

Favorable weather conditions combined with good progress made on containment lines prompted officials to lift evacuation notices within the Miller Complex on 9/8/17. The Joe Bar area, located in California near the north edge of the Abney Fire, will remain under an evacuation warning.



Containment lines continue to be created and held with great success throughout the complex. Higher humidity, lower temperatures and moisture reduced fire behavior assisted in securing containment lines on the Creedence, Bigelow and Burnt Peak fires. Crews on the Abney fire will continue to build, improve and secure containment lines to the east, north and northwest of the Abney fire. Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor secured line in all divisions of the complex.


The change in weather conditions has decreased smoke over the fire area which has allowed use of air operations. Both weather and fire behavior should be stable today, allowing for continued progress on containment lines. Monday a change in the weather will decrease humidity levels and increase temperatures; making the likelihood for increased fire activity. Although progress has been made, the public can still expect to see smoke and burning within the interior of the fires until a season-ending event occurs.


Creedence Fire and Bigelow (Grayback) Fire (Seven miles south of Williams; Creedence: 2,089 acres, 56% contained; Bigelow: 71 acres, 100% contained).

Fire activity on the Creedence and Bigelow fires has been minimal over the last few days. Firefighters continue to monitor and patrol firelines and conduct mop-up efforts. Given the dense fuel-type, the interior of the fire will continue to smoke and burn for some time. Hose-lay and sprinkler systems are still in place on the north side of the Creedence fire but firefighters have begun to remove some hoselays as heat and activity decrease.


Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake; 4,147 acres, 82% contained).


Although the fire has not grown in several days, residents may continue to see fire activity within the fire’s interior. Crews will continue securing containment lines, patrolling, and mopping up around the perimeter of the fire.


Abney Fire (South of Applegate Lake and north of Seiad Valley, CA; 27,351acres, 12% contained)

The Abney Fire continues to slowly grow to the south. Divisions on the north side of the fire are working to build line to tie into on the northwest side of the fire Cedar Fire and Knox fires, which are burning in the Red Buttes Wilderness Area. Additional resources on the east flank of the fire today will allow for more aggressive efforts to contain this side of the fire.


Miller Complex Abney Fire (section located on the Klamath National Forest)

The south flank of the Abney Fire is now considered contained, while crews seek out remaining heat on the fire’s east flank inside containment lines. Crews have now completed line on the Abney Fire’s east flank from the 46N50 Road north to the Pacific Coast Trail. Contingency lines are in place east of Horse Creek along the Gap Fire burn area in case the fire moves further east. A Community Meeting be held today at 6:00PM at the Seiad Volunteer Fire Department.  The California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 will provide an update on the Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire.


Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.  The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.  Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.


Fire Statistics:                                                                                   Start Date: August 14, 2017

Cause: Lightning                                                                              Complex Sized: 34,088 acres

Total Personnel: 604                                                                         Complex Containment: 33%



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09-09-17 Miller Complex Daily Update


Current Situation: Favorable weather conditions combined with good progress made on containment lines prompted officials to lift evacuation notices within the Miller Complex on 9/8/17. The Joe Bar area, located in California near the north edge of the Abney Fire, will remain under an evacuation warning.

Containment lines are being created and held with great success throughout the complex. Higher humidity, lower temperatures and moisture reduced fire behavior assisted in securing containment lines on the Creedence, Bigelow and Burnt Peak fires. Crews on the Abney fire will continue to build, improve and secure containment lines to the east, north and northwest of the Abney fire. Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor secured line in all divisions of the complex.

The change in weather conditions has decreased smoke over the fire area, especially at high elevations which has allowed use of air operations. Both weather and fire behavior should be fairly stable for the next couple of days, allowing for continued progress on containment lines. Although progress has been made, the public can still expect to see smoke and burning within the interior of the fires until a season-ending event occurs.

                                                                                                                                                                          


Creedence Fire and Bigelow (Grayback) Fire (Seven miles south of Williams; Creedence: 2,089 acres, 46% contained; Bigelow: 71 acres, 72% contained).

Fire activity on the Creedence and Bigelow fires has been minimal over the last few days. Firefighters continue to monitor and patrol firelines and conduct mop-up efforts. Given the dense fuel-type, the interior of the fire will continue to smoke and burn for some time. Hose-lay and sprinkler systems are still in place on the north side of the Creedence fire.

Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake; 4,147 acres, 77% contained).

Although the fire has not grown in several days, residents may continue to see fire activity within the fire’s interior. Crews will continue securing containment lines, patrolling, and mopping up around the perimeter of the fire.

Abney Fire (South of Applegate Lake and north of Seiad Valley, CA; 27,161 acres, 12% contained)

The Abney Fire continues to slowly grow to the south. Divisions on the north side of the fire are working to build line to tie into on the northwest side of the fire Cedar Fire and Knox fires, which are burning in the Red Buttes Wilderness Area. Additional resources on the east flank of the fire today will allow for more aggressive efforts to contain this side of the fire.

Miller Complex Abney Fire (section located on the Klamath National Forest)

Fire line along the 48N20 and 46N50 Roads above Seiad Valley are now considered contained and the threat to Seiad Valley and Horse Creek is greatly diminished. This line was secured by allowing for low intensity fire to back down the slopes to containment lines. Crews have now completed line on the Abney Fire’s east flank from the 46N50 Road north to the Pacific Crest Trail. Contingency lines are in place east of Horse Creek along the Gap Fire burn area.

Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.  The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.  Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Fire Statistics:                                                                                                     Start Date: August 14, 2017

Cause: Lightning                                                                                                 Complex Sized: 33,936 acres          

Total Personnel: 581                                                                                         Complex Containment: 33%

Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/#

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09-08-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

Current Situation

Fire officials and crews are feeling positive about yesterday’s progress on containment lines throughout the complex. High humidity, lower temperatures and moisture reduced fire behavior and helped firefighters make good progress securing containment lines on the  Creedence, Bigelow and Burnt Peak fires. Crews on the Abney fire will continue to build, improve and secure containment lines to the east, north and northwest of the Abney fire. Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor the Joe Bar area.


Yesterday’s weather conditions also helped clear smoke over the fire area, especially at high elevations. Clearer skies allowed for air operations to conduct a reconnaissance mission of the complex and today, air operations is expecting to be operational due to dispersed smoke. Fire officials expect a slight chance of thunderstorms throughout the day with slightly warmer and drier conditions, which may increase fire activity at the higher elevations. Although firefighters have made good progress on containment lines around the fires within the complex, the public can still except to see smoking and burning within the interior of the fires until a season-ending event occurs.  


Evacuations  Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake; 4,147 acres, 74% contained). 

Although the fire has not grown in several days, residents may continue to see fire activity within the fire’s interior. Crews will continue securing containment lines, patrolling, and mopping up around the perimeter of the fire.  


Abney Fire  (South of Applegate Lake and north of Seiad Valley, CA; 27,160 acres, 12% contained) 

The Abney Fire continues to slowly grow to the south and remains active. Divisions on the north side of the fire continue to establish line to tie into Division U on the northwest side of the Abney fire. Division U continues to establish control lines to prevent the Abney Fire from burning north and to check the Cedar Fire and Knox fires, which are burning in the Red Buttes Wilderness Area. Crews continue to improve and secure dozer and handlines put in place yesterday on the east side of the fire (Division Z).  


Closures 

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.  The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.  Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Yesterday’s favorable weather conditions combined with good progress made on containment lines has prompted firefighting and local officials to lift evacuation notices at 8:00 a.m. today for all areas within the Miller Complex in Oregon. The Joe Bar, located in California, will remain under an evacuation warning. Joe Bar remains under an evacuation warning.

Creedence Fire and Bigelow (Grayback) Fire (Seven miles south of Williams; Creedence: 2,089 acres, 40% contained; Bigelow: 71 acres, 72% contained). 
Fire activity on the Creedence and Bigelow fires has been minimal over the last few days. Firefighters will continue monitor and patrol firelines and conduct mop-up efforts. Given the dense fuel-type, the interior of the fire will continue to smoke and burn for some time. Hose-lay and sprinkler systems are still in place on the north side of the Creedence fire.

The Eclipse Complex is managing the southern flank of this fire (Branch IV), which is burning in the Klamath National Forest in California. Aided by recent rains, crews are now going direct along the Abney Fire’s eastern flank and extinguishing any remaining heat along East Horse Creek from the 46N50 Road north to the Pacific Crest Trail. Fire line along the 48N20 and 46N50 Roads above Seiad Valley is now considered contained and the threat to Seiad Valley and Horse Creek is greatly diminished. Information about Branch IV and the Seiad Valley is posted at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511.

Fire Statistics        
Start Date: August 14, 2017  
Cause: Lightning       
Complex Sized: 33,396 acres   
Total Personnel: 567      
Complex Containment: 33% 

Social Media Resources
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09-07-17 Miller Complex Daily Update


Current Situation
Very little rain fell over the fire yesterday and thunderstorms and showers are likely over the fire area today. Firefighters remain vigilant with a Red Flag warning for lightning on dry fuels throughout the day along with a flash flood watch through the evening. The continued smoke inversion over the fire is expected to minimize fire activity in many areas but also makes it unsafe to use firefighting aircraft. Today’s weather is also expected to present a favorable opportunity for firefighters to construct and improve containment line and conduct mop-up when available.   


Evacuations  
The following areas remain under a Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice:
  • The Kinney Creek Road (1090 Road) and Palmer Creek Road. 
  • Both sides of Upper Applegate Road from Palmer Creek Road to the Applegate Dam Spillway (this includes Bolder City)
  • Beaver Creek Road (Jackson County, Oregon) from its junction with Upper Applegate Road east for approximately a mile.  
The following areas remain under a Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice
  • Carberry Creek Road from Applegate Road up to and including Steamboat Ranch
  • Palmer Creek Road/Applegate Road intersection north to 7449 Applegate Road and Eastside Road from Upper Applegate Road north to 2874 Eastside Road.  
  • South from Applegate Dam Spillway around all of Applegate Lake (1/8 mile buffer around water to include all private property), including French Gulch. 
  • The following recreation sites are included:  Hart-tish, Harr Pt, Watkins, Tipsu Tyee, Latgawa Cove and Stringtown campgrounds, and Carberry picnic ground.  
Joe Bar remains under an evacuation warning.


Creedence Fire 

Growth on the Creedence and Bigelow fires has been minimal over the last few days. Firefighters will continue monitor and patrol firelines. Hose-lay and sprinkler systems are still in place on the north side of the Creedence fire.   

Burnt Peak Fire 
Residents may continue to see fire activity within the fire perimeter, although the fire has not grown in several days. Crews will continue securing containment lines, patrolling, and mopping up around the perimeter of the fire.   

Abney Fire 
Yesterday, the Abney Fire grew to the south further into the Klamath National Forest. Today, crews continue to strengthen lines in Divisions T and R on the north side of the fire. Firefighters on the northwest side (Division U) continue to establish control lines to prevent the Abney Fire from burning north and to check the Cedar Fire and Knox fires which are burning in the Red Buttes Wilderness Area and could move north. Crews continue to improve and secure dozer and handlines put in place yesterday on the east side of the fire (Division Z).   

Branch IV
The Eclipse Complex is managing the southern flank of this fire (Branch IV), which is burning in the Klamath National Forest in California. Today, fire crews are focused on holding and patrolling the 46N50 Road to ensure the fire remains to the north. Firefighters will work to strengthen and lengthen control lines on the west side of Horse Creek. Contingency lines have also been reestablished to keep the fire from progressing south into the populated south Seiad Valley. Information about Branch IV and the Seiad Valley is posted at: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511
Closures
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.  The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.  Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices


Fire Statistics     
Start Date: August 14, 2017  
Cause: Lightning       
Complex Sized: 32,217 acres   
Total Personnel: 587      
Complex Containment: 31% 

Social Media Resources
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MillerComplexFires/ or https://facebook/R6RRSNF 
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Abney Fire in California Update (previously part of Miller Complex)


A Community Meeting for the Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire (Klamath National Forest) will be held Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Karuk Gymnasium, 64236 Second Avenue, Happy Camp, California. 

California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 will provide a briefing on the status of the Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire burning on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. The team will attempt to livestream the meeting on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page and will record the event for later posting in the event livestreaming is not feasible.


Today, fire crews are focused on holding and patrolling the 46N50 Road to ensure the fire remains to the north. Firefighters will work to strengthen and lengthen control lines on the west side of Horse Creek.  Crews will also work to remove brush along the Seiad Valley Road on the edge of the Goff Fire and open dozer lines on the northern boundary of the Gap Fire burn footprint. Structure protection engines will continue preparation work to defend structures and homes in Seiad Valley and Horse Creek. Residents and visitors should use caution driving on roads in the area due to increased firefighter traffic.

09-06-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

Current Situation
The continued smoke inversion over the fire minimized fire activity yesterday in many areas but also made it unsafe to use firefighting aircraft. A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. Wednesday to 11 p.m. Thursday for abundant lightning, dry fuels and erratic winds.

Evacuations
The following areas remain under a Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice:
  • The Kinney Creek Road (1090 Road) and Palmer Creek Road.
  • Both sides of Upper Applegate Road from Palmer Creek Road to the Applegate Dam Spillway (this includes Bolder City)

  • Beaver Creek Road (Jackson County, Oregon) from its junction with Upper Applegate Road east for approximately a mile.

The following areas remain under a Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice:
  • Carberry Creek Road from Applegate Road up to and including Steamboat Ranch
  • Palmer Creek Road/Applegate Road intersection north to 7449 Applegate Road and Eastside Road from Upper Applegate Road north to 2874 Eastside Road.
  • South from Applegate Dam Spillway around all of Applegate Lake (1/8 mile buffer around water to include all private property), including French Gulch. The following recreation sites are included:  Hart-tish, Harr Pt, Watkins, Tipsu Tyee, Latgawa Cove and Stringtown campgrounds, and Carberry picnic ground.
Joe Bar remains under an evacuation warning.

Creedence Fire and Bigelow (Grayback) Fire (seven miles south of Williams; 2,064 acres, 43% contained)
Growth on the Creedence and Bigelow fires has been minimal over the last few days. Firefighters will continue monitor and patrol firelines. Hose-lay and sprinkler systems are still in place on the north side of the Creedence fire.

Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake; 4,147 acres, 23% contained).
Residents may continue to see fire activity within the fire perimeter, although the fire has not grown in several days. Crews will continue securing containment lines and patrolling.

Abney Fire (South of Applegate Lake and north of Seiad Valley, CA; 22,365 acres, 13% contained)
Two crews from Cal Fire helped Miller Complex crews establish dozer and handlines on the east side of the fire (Division Z). Crews continued to strengthen lines in Divisions T and R. Firefighters on the northwest side (Division U) scouted for areas suitable for control lines to prevent the Abney Fire from burning north and to check the Cedar Fire and Knox fires which are burning in the Red Buttes Wilderness Area and could move north.

Branch IV
The Eclipse Complex is managing the southern flank of this fire (Branch IV), which is burning in the Klamath National Forest in California. Fireline along the 46N50 Road continues to hold. Crews have completed re-opening lines along the Gap Fire footprint from Horse Creek north to the Pacific Crest Trail. Specific information about Branch IV and the Seiad Valley is posted at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511.

Closures
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.  The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.  Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Fire Statistics
Start Date: August 14, 2017
Cause: Lightning                                                       
Complex Sized: 28,670 acres
Total Personnel: 610                                                
Complex Containment: 25%

Social Media Resources
Twitter: #MillerComplex
See where you are in relation to the fires:  http://tinyurl.com/MillerComplexEvacs

09-05-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

Current Situation
The continued smoke inversion over the fire minimized fire activity yesterday in many areas but also made it unsafe to use firefighting aircraft. A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. Wednesday to 11 p.m. Thursday for abundant lightning, dry fuels and erratic winds.

Evacuations
The following areas remain under a Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice:
  • The Kinney Creek Road (1090 Road) and Palmer Creek Road.
  • Both sides of Upper Applegate Road from Palmer Creek Road to the Applegate Dam Spillway (this includes Bolder City)
  • Beaver Creek Road (Jackson County, Oregon) from its junction with Upper Applegate Road east for approximately a mile.

The following areas remain under a Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice:
  • Carberry Creek Road from Applegate Road up to and including Steamboat Ranch
  • Palmer Creek Road/Applegate Road intersection north to 7449 Applegate Road and Eastside Road from Upper Applegate Road north to 2874 Eastside Road.
  • South from Applegate Dam Spillway around all of Applegate Lake (1/8 mile buffer around water to include all private property), including French Gulch. 
Pacific Crest Trail Closure on south side of Miller Complex
The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Seiad Valley (mile 1654.5) to Wards Fork Gap. Because of the many fires in this region, most hikers will end up skipping a large portion of trail. Keep update on PCT info at: www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/tags/trail-closure/

The following recreation sites are also included:  Hart-tish, Harr Pt, Watkins, Tipsu Tyee, Latgawa Cove and Stringtown campgrounds, and Carberry picnic ground.
Joe Bar remains under an evacuation warning.

Creedence Fire and Bigelow (Grayback) Fire (seven miles south of Williams; 2,064 acres, 43% contained)
Growth on the Creedence and Bigelow fires has been minimal over the last few days. Remaining crews continue to work on both flanks, focusing on the north. Firefighters will hold, mop-up, monitor, and patrol firelines. Hose-lay and sprinkler systems are still in place on the north side of the Creedence fire. Smoke continues to hamper visibility, resulting in both operational and safety concerns. Residents may continue to see fire activity within the fire perimeter.

Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake; 4,215 acres, 23% contained).
The successful firing operations earlier in the week allowed firefighters to bring the fire down to the 1090 road safely. The fire is holding at the road; however, crews will continue to work the perimeter and do firing operations if needed, until the fire is contained. The change in acreage reported today reflects the growth from two days ago. It did not grow much yesterday. Residents may continue to see fire activity within the fire perimeter.

Branches III and IV: Abney Fire (About nine miles north of Seiad Valley, CA; 12,564 acres, 13% contained)
The Roosevelt hotshot crew is monitoring a small spot fire on Division R. Firefighters were able to complete dozer line and plumb it with a hose-lay on the northwest side of the fire in Division T. Dozers and masticators continue to improve the 1050 road and crews and equipment are working on structing contingency line sout from the 1050 road to the Pacific Crest Trail.

Branch IV is the section of the fire burning in the Klamath National Forest. 
Yesterday crews completed a key dozer line across Seiad Valley between the Goff and Gap Fire burn scars near the 47N17 Road. This line is key to keeping the fire from progressing south into the populated south Seiad Valley. Crews completed handline to Copper Butte on the southwest side. The Eclipse Complex, which is based in California, is managing Branch IV. Specific information about Branch IV and the Seiad Valley is posted at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511.

The Cedar Fire and a recently discovered fire are burning north in the Red Buttes Wilderness Area west of the Abney Fire. Firefighters are developing a plan of action and scouting areas for potential firelines north of the wilderness.

Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.  The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.  Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Fires at a Glance
Fire Start Date: August 14, 2017
Cause: Lightning                                                                                            
Complex Sized: 28,670 acres        
Total Personnel: 610                                                                                 
Complex Containment: 25%

Social Media Resources
Twitter: #MillerComplex
See where you are in relation to the fires:  http://tinyurl.com/MillerComplexEvacs

09-04-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

Current Situation
The Burnt Peak and Abney Fires have grown in some areas; the acreage will not show much change until an infrared flight can be completed. A Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory is in place for Southwest Oregon, as there is potential for extreme fire behavior due to dry fuel conditions. Due to no visibility, air support was grounded yesterday.
Evacuations
The following areas remain under a Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice:

  • The Kinney Creek Road (1090 Road) and Palmer Creek 
  • Both sides of Upper Applegate Road from Palmer Creek Road to the Applegate Dam Spillway (this includes Bolder City.
  • Beaver Creek Road (Jackson County, Oregon) from its junction with Upper Applegate Road east for approximately a mile.
  • Carberry Creek Road from Applegate Road up to and including Steamboat 
  • Palmer Creek Road/Applegate Road intersection north to 7449 Applegate Road and Eastside Road from Upper Applegate Road north to 2874 Eastside.
  • South from Applegate Dam Spillway around all of Applegate Lake (1/8 mile buffer around water to include all private property), including French Gulch. 
  • Hart-tish, Harr Pt, Watkins, Tipsu Tyee, Latgawa Cove and Stringtown campgrounds, and Carberry picnic ground.
Branch I: Creedence (2,135 acres, 46% contained)
There was no growth on the Creedence and Bigelow fires yesterday. Remaining crews continue to work on both flanks, focusing on the north. Firefighters will hold, mop-up, monitor, and patrol firelines. Hose-lay and sprinkler systems are still in place on the north side of the Creedence fire.
Yesterday’s firing operations went as expected, and firefighters were able to successfully bring the fire down to the 1090 road. Thanks in part to previous fuels treatments and mitigation work done by the local agencies and private landowners, the fire creeped slowly to the control line. The fire is holding at the road; however, crews will continue to work the perimeter and do firing operations if needed, until the fire is contained.

Branch II: Burnt Peak Fire (3,616 acres, 20% contained)
Yesterday’s firing operations went as expected, and firefighters were able to successfully bring the fire down to the 1090 road. Thanks in part to previous fuels treatments and mitigation work done by the local agencies and private landowners, the fire creeped slowly to the control line. The fire is holding at the road; however, crews will continue to work the perimeter and do firing operations if needed, until the fire is contained.

Branches III and IV: Abney Fire (About nine miles north of Seiad Valley, CA; 12,164 acres, 5% contained) 
Resources are being reallocated from the other branches to assist on Branch III, as the most significant fire behavior occurred here yesterday. Today the Roosevelt hotshot crew will work to contain a small spot fire on Division R. Firefighters were able to complete dozer line and plumb it with a hose-lay on the northwest side of the fire in Division T.  Dozers and masticators continue to improve the 1050 road.


Level 3 (Go) Relaxed to Level 2 (Be Set) For Palmer and Kinney Creeks

If you want to see where your house is in relation to the #MillerComplex fires and evacuation notification levels, check out this new interactive map! Special thanks to the local county GIS folks for helping us create this awesome map! http://tinyurl.com/MillerComplexEvacs


Firefighters and local officials working the Miller Complex are lifting the Level 3 (Go) Evacuation Order for Kinney Creek Road (1090 Road) and Palmer Creek Road effective at 6 p.m. today. That area will return to a Level 2 (Be Set) as a continued precaution. 


The firefighting effort in this area unfolded as planned yesterday, as firefighters kept the slow moving fire on the ground and stopped its progression at established control lines. No homes or structures were lost or damaged.

The public will continue to see firefighting traffic in the Upper Applegate Road area as mop-up work continues. 

No other evacuation levels are changing on the Burnt Creek Fire on the Miller Complex at this time.
Evacuation Map 09-03


09-03-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

Current Situation
The Abney fire has been split into two branches, III and IV; the newest branch (IV) is on the Klamath National Forest and is being managed by the Eclipse Complex as this complex has better accessibility to this portion of the fire.

Evacuations
As a precautionary measure, the Kinney Creek Road (1090 Road) and Palmer Creek Road received a Level 3 (Go) Evacuation Order yesterday.

The following areas are under a Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice:


  • Both sides of Upper Applegate Road from Palmer Creek Road to the Applegate Dam Spillway (This includes Bolder City).
  • Beaver Creek Road (Jackson County, Oregon) from its junction with Upper Applegate Road east for approximately a mile.
  • Carberry Creek Road from Applegate Road up to and including Steamboat Ranch
  • Palmer Creek Road/Applegate Road intersection north to 7449 Applegate Road and Eastside Road from Upper Applegate Road north to 2874 Eastside Road.
  • South from Applegate Dam Spillway around all of Applegate Lake (1/8 mile buffer around water to include all private property), including French Gulch.T
  • Hart-tish, Harr Pt, Watkins, Tipsu Tyee, Latgawa Cove and Stringtown campgrounds, and Carberry picnic ground.
Joe Bar remains under an evacuation warning.



Creedence Fire and Bigelow (Grayback) Fire (seven miles south of Williams; 2,135 acres, 46% contained)
Little activity was seen on the Creedence and Bigelow fires. Remaining crews will continue to hold, mop-up, monitor, and patrol firelines. Sprinkler systems are still in place on the north side of the Creedence fire.

Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake; 3,616 acres, 20% contained).
The Burnt Peak fire has backed down Billy Mountain as expected; one small corner remains to be tied in on the fire’s northeast side. Firefighting traffic has increased in the Upper Applegate Road area as resources continue to protect homes and property. Residents can expect to see flames, and smoke will be prevalent in the valley. The fire has moved slowly through the area and remains a ground fire.

Branches III and IV: Abney Fire (About nine miles north of Seiad Valley, CA; 12,164 acres, 5% contained)
Two additional divisions were added to this fire (Q and U) in Branch III. Division U (northwest side) will be scouted for the most opportune fireline locations. Dozer line was completed on the northwest side and was plumbed with a hose-lay on Division T. Division Q (northeast side) will work in conjunction with Z (east side), where structure protection is ongoing in the Joe Bar area. Dozers and masticators continue to work prepping the 1050 road. Handline should be completed to Copper Butte on the southwest side. Lines are anchored and secured on the fire’s north side near Applegate Lake. On Branch IV, firelines will be located and constructed in the Seiad Valley to minimize fire spread to the south.

Closures
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. Closures are in place for the Klamath National Forest including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Fire Statistics: 
Start Date: August 14, 2017
Cause: Lightning 
Complex Sized: 17,965 acres
Total Personnel: 596 
Complex Containment: 40%

Social Media Resources
Twitter: #MillerComplex


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09-03-17 Miller Complex Abney Fire in Seiad Valley Area Transfers to Eclipse Complex



Acres: No Infrared flight occurred last night due to mechanical issues
Cause: Lightning                                              
Containment: 0%                            
Total personnel: 91

Yesterday 
The Abney Fire of the Miller Complex crossed south over the Pacific Crest Trail and onto the Klamath National Forest. Due to easier access from the Happy Camp Incident Command Post, responsibility for the portion of the Abney Fire on the Klamath National Forest has been transferred to California Interagency Incident Management Team 1.
Firefighters mobilized engines, dozers and crews to Branch Four in Seiad Valley and the Horse Creek area.


Today 
Fire crews are focused on opening lines constructed in the 2012 Goff Fire and 2016 Gap Fire. Additional lines have been scouted south of the Klamath National boundary and dozers will be used to tie together existing roads to hold the fire north of ranches and homes within the upper Seiad Valley and Upper Horse Creek. Crews will also construct lines to the east of Horse Creek to keep the fire from spreading onto commercial timber lands.


Weather
A Fire Weather Watch is in effect from 8 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. Persistent high pressure will continue to promote high temperatures and dry conditions. Winds are expected to increase out of the northwest and switch to northeast overnight. Gusty winds should be confined to exposed ridges and mid-slopes.


Smoke
Heavy smoke is expected to continue in valley bottoms below an inversion layer. Residents of Happy Camp seeking clean air may visit the Karuk Senior Center between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Detailed smoke forecasts and information on smoke impacts can be found on the California Smoke Blog at californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com.

Evacuations
A Limited Evacuation Warning was put in effect for the area directly southwest of the Seiad and Horse Creek Area. To receive updates on changes to evacuation notices, residents should register with CodeRed, which has been instituted by Siskiyou County for rapid reverse 911 automated calls. To register for CodeRed, go to: www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.



09-02-17 2:00 p.m. Evacuation Notice

A Level 3 (Go) Evacuation Order has been issued for Kinney Creek Road (1090 Road) and Palmer Creek Road as a precaution. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is going door-to-door in this area to alert residents.
No other evacuation levels are changing on the Burnt Peak Fire of the #MillerComplex.The Burnt Peak Fire has been backing down Billy Mountain and continues to move slowly east towards Applegate River, as expected.

The public will see an increase in firefighting traffic in the Upper Applegate Road area as additional resources engage to protect homes and property. Flames will be visible and smoke will increase. Firefighters expect the fire will continue to move slowly through the area and remain a ground fire.


09-02-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

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Current Situation
Heat will begin to build again Saturday afternoon and through the weekend. It will be extremely hot and dry with the potential of smoke column development in the afternoons. Winds will decrease with some north wind variability. Aircraft was used in Branch III on Friday as the inversion lifted and may be used again Saturday pending smoke conditions.

Evacuations
The following areas are under a Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice:


  • Palmer Creek Road and Kinney Creek Road (Forest Service Road 1090)
  • Both sides of Upper Applegate Road from Palmer Creek Road to the Applegate Dam Spillway (This includes Bolder City)
  • Beaver Creek Road (Jackson County, Oregon) from its junction with Upper Applegate Road east for approximately a mile.
  • Hart-tish, Harr Pt, Watkins, Tipsu Tyee, Latgawa Cove and Stringtown campgrounds
  • Carberry Picnic Ground
The following areas are in a Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice:
  • Carberry Creek Road from Applegate Road up to and including Steamboat Ranch.
  • Palmer Creek Road/Applegate Road intersection north to 7449 Applegate Road and Eastside Road from Upper Applegate Road north to 2874 Eastside Road.
  • South from Applegate Dam Spillway around all of Applegate Lake (1/8 mile buffer around water to include all private property), including French Gulch.
The evacuation order for Joe Bar has been relaxed to an evacuation warning.

Branch I: Creedence Fire and Bigelow (Grayback) Fire (seven miles south of Williams)
Crews continued to work on installing hose lays and sprinklers to secure the fire’s northwest side. Crews will continue to hold, mop-up, monitor, and patrol firelines.

Branch II: Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake).
The fire is backing down Billy Mountain and there are control lines in place along the 1095 and 1090 roads. Structural protection continues north of Applegate Lake; additional hand crews were placed on the east side to keep up with the fire’s progression down the north and south flanks. Crews will continue to mop-up along control lines where the fire has already burned.

Branch III: Abney Fire (About nine miles north of Seiad Valley, CA)
The fire is established across the Pacific Crest Trail west of Copper Butte. Firefighters are working on containing the fire with assistance from the Klamath National Forest in California. Masticators were brought in to clear vegetation along the 1050 road. Dozers, along with retardant drops, reinforced roads as firelines on the fire’s northwest side. Spot fires in the area across from Whiskey Creek are being controlled with retardant and additional hand crews. Structure protection is ongoing in the Joe Bar area.

Closures
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.

Fire Statistics
Start Date: August 14, 2017
Cause: Lightning 
Complex Sized: 16,012 acres
Total Personnel: 555 
Complex Containment: 40%

Social Media Resources
Twitter: #MillerComplex
Abney Fire Infrared Map 09-02

09-01-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

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Current Situation
Red Flag warning for poor humidity recoveries and gusty east to northeast winds were in effect Thursday night and will be into Friday morning. Heat will begin to build again Friday afternoon and through the weekend. It will be extremely hot and dry with the potential of smoke column development Friday afternoon.  Aircraft was used in Branches I and III as the inversion lifted yesterday afternoon and may be used again today pending smoke conditions.

Evacuations
The following areas are under a Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice:
Palmer Creek Road and Kinney Creek Road (Forest Service Road 1090)
Both sides of Upper Applegate Road from Palmer Creek Road to the Applegate Dam Spillway (This includes Bolder City)
Beaver Creek Road (Jackson County, Oregon) from its junction with Upper Applegate Road east for approximately a mile. 

The following areas are in a Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice: 
Carberry Creek Road from Applegate Road up to and including Steamboat Ranch
Palmer Creek Road/Applegate Road intersection north to 7449 Applegate Road and Eastside Road from Upper Applegate Road north to 2874 Eastside Road. 
South from Applegate Dam Spillway around all of Applegate Lake (1/8 mile buffer around water to include all private property), including French Gulch.
The following Recreation Sites:
Hart-tish, Harr Pt, Watkins, Tipsu Tyee, Latgawa Cove and Stringtown campgrounds
Carberry Picnic Ground

The evacuation order for Joe Bar has been relaxed to an evacuation warning. 

Branch I: Creedence Fire and Bigelow Fire (Grayback Fire – seven miles south of Williams)
Crews continued to work on installing hose lays and sprinklers to secure the fire’s northwest side while helicopter support was used on the south side yesterday afternoon. Crews will continue to hold, mop-up, monitor, and patrol firelines.   

Branch II: Burnt Peak Fire (Nine miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake).
The fire is backing down Billy Mountain and there are control lines in place along the 1095 and 1090 roads. Structural protection continues north of Applegate Lake; additional hand crews will be placed on the east side to keep up with the fire’s progression down the north and south flanks. Crews will continue to mop-up along control lines where the fire has already reached it.  
  
Branch III: Abney Fire (About nine miles north of Seiad Valley, CA)
Firefighters continue to work to keep the fire north of the Pacific Crest Trail and south and east of private property in section 8.  Masticators were brought in to clear vegetation along the 1050 road.  Dozers, along with retardant drops, were used to reinforce roads as firelines on the fire’s northwest side.  Structure protection is ongoing in the Joe Bar area. 

Closures
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.  The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.   

Fire Statistics
Start Date: August 14, 2017 
Cause: Lightning                                                                                            
Total Personnel: 558 
Complex Sized: 14,939 acres  
Complex Containment: 40%  

Social Media Resources                                                                       
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Burnt Peak Infrared Map

08-31-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

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Current Situation
Red Flag warning for poor humidity recoveries and gusty east to northeast winds will be in effect from Thursday night into Friday morning. Heat will begin to build again Thursday afternoon and through the weekend. It will be extremely hot, dry and smoky.
  • Palmer Creek Road and Kinney Creek Road (Forest Service Road 1090)
  • Both sides of Upper Applegate Road from Palmer Creek Road to the Applegate Dam Spillway (This includes Bolder City)
  • Beaver Creek Road
  • Carberry Creek Road from Applegate Road up to and including Steamboat Ranch
  • Palmer Creek Road/Applegate Road intersection north to 7449 Applegate Road and Eastside Road from Upper Applegate Road north to 2874 Eastside Road.
  • South from Applegate Dam Spillway around all of Applegate Lake (1/8 mile buffer around water to include all private property).
  • Hart-tish, Harr Pt, Watkins, Tipsu Tyee, Latgawa Cove and Stringtown campgrounds
  • Carberry Picnic Ground


Evacuations
The following areas are now under a Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice:
The following areas are now in a Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice:
The following Recreation Sites:
The Joe Bar area, which is in California, remains under an evacuation order.

Branch I: Creedence Fire and Bigelow Fire (Grayback Fire)
The Creedence Fire was active on the north flank but did not grow significantly.  Crews continue to make good progress on the west flank. The fires in this Branch are approximately 7 miles south of Williams.

Branch II: Burnt Peak Fire
The fire is backing down Billy Mountain and there are control lines in place along the 1095 and 1090 roads. Structural protection has begun north of Applegate Lake. This Branch is approximately 9 miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake.

Branch III: Abney Fire (Abney, Seattle and Cook Fires)
Firefighters will work to keep the fire north of the Pacific Crest Trail and south and east of private property in section 8.  Structure protection is continuing in the Joe Bar area.

Closures
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in each of the branches, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.  The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead.

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Fire Statistics                                                                
Start Date: August 14, 2017
Complex Size: 14,239
Cause: Lightning       
Total Personnel: 558
Complex Containment: 40%

Social Media Resources
Twitter: #MillerComplex

08-30-17 Miller Complex Smoke Forecast

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Smoke
Heavy smoke impacts are expected to develop along the coast in the Brookings area and South into California today. This is due to winds that are forecast to shift Northerly which will drift smoke Southerly. Air quality is expected to degrade to the Unhealthy/Very Unhealthy range in Brookings through the day and reduced visibility is expected along highway 101. Gold Beach and Agness may
see Unhealthy conditions develop as smoke drains into the Rogue River valley; however conditions could remain Moderate if the shift to Northerly wind is strong enough to keep clearer air moving in. In the Cave Junction and Grants Pass regions that sit East and South of the fire, Unhealthy
conditions are expected to remain as smoke from Chetco Bar and other fires impact this zone.



08-30-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

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Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team - Todd Pechota, Incident Commander 
Information Center: (541) 899-5302
Hours of operation: 7 am – 9 pm
Email: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com 

Public Meetings
Wednesday, August 30, at 6 p.m. at the Williams Elementary School (20691 Williams Hwy).
Current Situation
Today should be cooler and more humid as a marine front moves through the area; smoke may begin to clear out with its passage.  As the smoke inversion lifts, fire activity may increase, but decrease again late in the afternoon with the cooler and wetter conditions brought by the marine front. Unprecedented heat, however, will follow this front.  There is still potential for fire growth on all fires within the complex with continued long-term hot and dry conditions.

Evacuations
The Joe Bar area, which is in California, went under an evacuation order yesterday afternoon. This means that evacuation was necessary in order to protect the lives of area occupants and emergency personnel responding to the incident.  The Abney fire slowly backed down surrounding hills near the residences; suppression crews were able to hold all firelines near this community.

The following areas are under a Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice:
Palmer Creek Road and Kinney Creek Road (Forest Service Road 1090)
Both sides of Upper Applegate Road from Palmer Creek Road to the Applegate Dam Spillway (This includes Bolder City)
Beaver Creek Road
Carberry Creek Road from Applegate Road up to and including Steamboat Ranch

Branch I: Creedence Fire and Bigelow Fire (Grayback Fire)
Crews continued to hold suppression lines on the west side yesterday. Focus here continues on establishing and strengthening control lines by using existing roads. The fires in this Branch are approximately 7 miles south of Williams and 2 miles east of Oregon National Monument and Preserve.

Branch II: Burnt Peak Fire
Firefighters are using existing roads to halt the fire’s progression from the north and south by laying hose and digging handline. The fire continues to move down the slope towards the Applegate Road at a very slow pace. This Branch is approximately 9 miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake.

Branch III: Abney Fire (Abney, Seattle and Cook Fires)
Structure protection is continuing in the Joe Bar area.  Some resources were shifted to this fire yesterday to establish, reinforce, and maintain control lines on the northwest side of the this fire.  Firefighters are scouting and prepping additional control lines along Forest Service Road 1035 (northwest side) and along 1050 (northeast side) of the fire.  Additional resources were made available from the Klamath National Forest to prep a small portion of the Klamath/Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundaries (along the Pacific Crest Trail).  This fire is burning in Oregon and California south of Applegate Lake. The community of Joe Bar is near the northeast perimeter of the fire.



Closures
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District including National Forest land between Kinney and Palmer creeks; the Grayback Mountain area; and the areas south of Applegate Lake. Local residents are allowed to access their property; please bring proof of residence. For specific descriptions and maps of the closures see https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.  

The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. On the adjacent Klamath National Forest, additional closures are in place for the Eclipse Fire, including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Fire Statistics
Start Date: August 14, 2017 
Cause: Lightning
Complex Sized: 12,956 acres
Complex Containment: 40%
Total Personnel: 563

Social Media Resources
Twitter: #MillerComplex

8-29-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

For a downloadable, emailable PDF of this update, click here.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team - Todd Pechota, Incident Commander 
Information Center: (541) 899-5302
Hours of operation: 7 am – 9 pm
Email: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com 

Public Meetings 
Tuesday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at Applegate Fire District Headquarters (1095 Upper Applegate Road)
in the training building and Wednesday August 30 at 6 pm at the Williams Elementary School (20691 Williams Hwy).

Current Situation
The fires continue to move slowly throughout the complex, but are still actively burning. The
weather will remain hot and dry through mid-week. Due to weather conditions, there is potential for growth on all fires in the complex, particularly in the late afternoon and evening. Dense smoke is expected to persist through the area, creating poor air quality and hampering use of air resources.

Evacuations
As a precautionary measure, the Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation area has been expanded. The following areas are now under a Level 1 Evacuation Notice:


  • Palmer Creek Road and Kinney Creek Road (Forest Service Road 1090)
  • Both sides of Upper Applegate Road from Palmer Creek Road to the Applegate Dam Spillway (This includes Bolder City)
  • Beaver Creek Road
  • Carberry Creek Road from Applegate Road up to and including Steamboat Ranch
  • Joe Bar area, which is in California, is under an evacuation warning. An evacuation warning means that residents should be prepared to evacuate.



Branch I: Creedence Fire and Bigelow Fire (Grayback Fire)
Crews successfully completed firing operations on the west side down to Little Creek. Focus remains on establishing and strengthening control lines by using existing roads. Efforts were greatly assisted by the ability to conduct air operations yesterday, which allowed crews to move critical equipment into the area. The fires in this Branch are approximately 7 miles south of Williams and 2 miles east of Oregon National Monument and Preserve.

Branch II: Burnt Peak Fire
Firefighters are using existing roads to halt the fire’s progression from the north and south by laying hose and digging handline. The fire continues to move down the slope towards the Applegate Road at a very slow pace. This Branch is approximately 9 miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake.

Branch III: Abney Fire (Abney, Seattle and Cook Fires)
The Abney, Seattle, and Cook fires have burned together and will be referred to as the Abney Fire. This branch exhibited moderate fire activity yesterday as firefighters continue to build and improve control lines on the north and east flanks. These fires are burning in Oregon and California south of Applegate Lake. The community of Joe Bar is ½ mile northeast of the fire.


Closures
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger
District including National Forest land between Kinney and Palmer creeks; the Grayback Mountain area; and the areas south of Applegate Lake. Local residents are allowed to access their property; please bring proof of residence.
The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. For specific descriptions and maps of the closures see http://bit.ly/2vx1Ahq.

Fire Statistics 
Start Date: August 14, 2017
Cause: Lightning 
Complex Size: 10,866 acres
Total Personnel: 550 
Complex Containment: 48%

Social Media Resources
Twitter: #MillerComplex

08-29-17 Miller Complex Smoke Forecast

For a downloadable, emailable PDF of this update, click here.

Smoke

Light onshore flow has drifted smoke out of coastal areas and eastward this morning. Brookings-Harbor, Gold Beach, Agness and Cave Junction have seen a reprieve in smoke impacts where Moderate conditions exist. Inland in the Grants Pass region, heavy smoke impacts remain. Through the day, smoke will continue to drift north and east as well down into local valleys close to active fires. Agness, Brookings, Gold Beach and Cave Junction should see conditions degrade to Unhealthy this evening. Provolt and Grants Pass will remain in the Unhealthy range. Regionally, upper elevation SW winds will drift smoke from Chetco Bar and other fires again north toward Washington.



08-28-17 Miller Complex Daily Update
For a downloadable, emailable PDF of this update, click here.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team - Todd Pechota, Incident Commander 
Information Center: 541-899-5302
Hours of operation: 7 am – 9 pm
Email: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com 

Three firefighters working in the Miller Complex were injured yesterday in a vehicle accident when their engine rolled off the road near the junction of Forest Service Roads 1030 and 1035. One firefighter has serious injuries and two received minor injuries. The families of the three injured have been notified. The accident is under investigation. No additional information, including the names of the injured firefighters and the nature of their injuries, will be released at this time. 

Public Meetings
Tuesday August 29 at 6 pm at Applegate Fire District #9 in the training building and Wednesday August 30 at 6 pm at the Williams Elementary School.

Current Situation
The fires continue to move slowly in most areas, but are still actively burning. The weather will continue to become hotter and drier through mid-week, which is expected to increase fire behavior. There is potential for growth on all fires in the complex, particularly in the late afternoon and evening. Smoke continues to create poor air quality and hamper use of air resources. 

For a downloadable, emailable PDF of this map, click here.


Branch I: Creedence Fire and Bigelow Fire (Grayback Fire)
Crews continue to focus on establishing control lines on the west side of the fire using existing roads. The west side of the fire is holding along Little Creek. Firing operations are being conducted to keep up with the natural progression of the fire on the west side. The fires in this Branch are approximately 7 miles south of Williams and 2 miles east of Oregon National Monument and Preserve.

Branch II: Burnt Peak Fire
Firefighters are using existing roads to halt the fire’s progression from the north and south by laying hose and digging handline as needed. The fire continues to move down the slope towards the Applegate Road at a very slow pace. This Branch is approximately 9 miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake.

Branch III: Seattle Fire, Abney Fire and Cook Fire
Firefighters continue to build and improve control lines on the north and east flanks, while looking for opportunities to establish lines on the south and west. These fires are burning in Oregon and California south of Applegate Lake. The community of Joe Bar is ½ mile north of the fire.
Evacuations and Closures: The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District including National Forest land between Kinney and Palmer creeks; the Grayback Mountain area; and the areas south of Applegate Lake. Local residents are allowed to access their property; please bring proof of residence. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. 

For specific descriptions and maps of the closures see http://bit.ly/2vx1Ahq.

As a precautionary measure, Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notices were issued on 8/26/17 for: Palmer Creek Road at Upper Applegate Road to the 1090/1095 split, west of Upper Applegate Road and east of Applegate River from Palmer Creek Road to Jackson Campground (11,000 block), Bolder City at 11425 Upper Applegate Road, Carberry Creek Road at Applegate Road to Steamboat Ranch, and the Joe Bar area.

Fire Statistics
Start Date: August 14, 2017 
Cause: Lightning 
Complex Sized: 9,628 acres· 
Total Personnel: 550 Complex 
Containment: 48%

Social Media Resources
Twitter: #MillerComplex

08-28-17 Miller Complex Smoke Forecast

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Smoke
Very heavy to hazardous smoke impacts exist this morning as smoke from the Chetco Bar Fire has drained down canyon into local communities overnight. Visibility is significantly reduced on local roadways, including Highway 101. Coastal areas such as Gold Beach and Brookings-Harbor should see some reprieve in air quality this afternoon as a light sea breeze is expected to lift smoke. Agness and the Rogue River valley are expected to be Unhealthy to Very Unhealthy today. Cave Junction, Grants Pass, Ashland and surrounding communities are expected to see Unhealthy conditions through the day. In the regional scale, Southwesterly transport winds are expected to drift smoke produced from Chetco Bar and other active fires in the region again to the North toward Washington.



08-27-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

For a downloadable, emailable PDF of this update, click here.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team - Todd Pechota, Incident Commander
Hours of operation: 7 am – 9 pm
Information Center: 541-899-5302
Email: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com

Public Meetings
Tuesday, August 29 at 6 pm at Applegate Fire District #9 (1095 Upper Applegate Rd) in the training building and Wednesday, August 30 at 6 pm at the Williams Elementary School (20691 Williams Hwy).

Current Situation
The fires continue to move slowly in most areas, but are still experiencing some active burning conditions. The weather will continue to become hotter and drier through Monday, which is expected to increase fire behavior. There is potential for growth on all fires in the complex. Smoke continues to create poor air quality and hamper use of air resources.

Branch I: Creedence Fire and Bigelow Fire (Grayback Fire)
Crews continue to focus on establishing control lines on the west side of the fire using existing roads toward Little Creek. Firing operations are being conducted as necessary to keep up with the natural progression of the fire on the west side. The fires in this Branch are approximately 7 miles south of Williams and 2 miles east of Oregon National Monument and Preserve.

Branch II: Burnt Peak Fire
Firefighters are using existing roads to box the fire’s progression from the north and south. Firing operations were conducted yesterday to slowly ease the fire to the control lines. This Branch is approximately 9 miles southwest of Ruch and 3 miles north of Applegate Lake.

Branch III: Seattle Fire, Abney Fire and Cook Fire
Firefighters continue to build and improve control lines on the north and east flanks, while looking for opportunities to establish lines on the south and west. Firing operations will continue, as needed, using indirect line north and west of Strickland Butte. These fires are burning in Oregon and California south of Applegate Lake. The community of Joe Bar is ½ mile north of the fire.



Miller Complex 8-27-17 Fire Map

Evacuations and Closures

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in support of fire suppression efforts, including National Forest land between Kinney and Palmer creeks; the Grayback Mountain area; and the areas south of Applegate Lake. Local residents will be allowed to access their property; please bring proof of residence. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. For specific descriptions and maps of the closures, go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/home/?cid=fseprd555085.
As a precautionary measure, Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notices were issued for the following areas:
  • Palmer Creek Road at Upper Applegate Road to the 1090/1095 split
  • West of Upper Applegate Road and east of Applegate River from Palmer Creek Road to Jackson Campground (11,000 block)
  • Boulder City at 11425 Upper Applegate Road
  • Carberry Creek Road at Applegate Road to Steamboat Ranch
  • Joe Bar area
(For a map of these evacuations, please see the Miller Complex tab on our page)

Fire Statistics
Start Date: August 14, 2017
Cause: Lightning
Complex Sized: 14,066 acres
Total Personnel: 537
Complex Containment: 48%

Social Media Resources
Twitter: #MillerComplex

08-27-17 Miller Complex Smoke Forecast

For a downloadable, emailable PDF of this update, click here.


Smoke


Very heavy smoke impacts are expected today in regional communities surrounding the Chetco Bar Fire. Coastal areas such as Gold Beach and Brookings-Harbor will see the majority of impacts along with Agness and the Rogue River Valley. In these areas expect Unhealthy and Very Unhealthy air quality conditions along with reduced visibility along Highway 101. Cave Junction, Grants Pass, Ashland and surrounding communities are also expected to see Unhealthy conditions from Chetco Bar and other fires in the region. Not only is smoke produced from the active fires draining into local valleys, smoke is also drifting into the Willamette Valley to Portland with light southwesterly winds.




08-26-17 Miller Complex Daily Update

For a downloadable, emailable PDF of this update, click here.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team - Todd Pechota, Incident Commander
(See maps below)



Information Center: 541-899-5302
Hours of operation: 7 am – 9 pm
Email: MillerComplex2017@gmail.com

Current Situation
Favorable weather conditions kept fire activity on the Miller Complex fires minimal yesterday. Firefighters continued to prepare for an anticipated increase in fire activity in the coming days from warmer and drier weather. Crews on all three branches continue to build and prep control lines.


Applegate/Palmer Creek Road area

Carberry Creek Road at Applegate Road to Steamboat Ranch
Evacuations
As a precautionary measure, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team and local officials have issued a Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice for the following areas:
Palmer Creek Road at Upper Applegate Road to the 1090/1095 split
West of Upper Applegate Road and east of Applegate River from Palmer Creek Road to Jackson Campground (11,000 block)
Boulder City at 11425 Upper Applegate Road
Carberry Creek Road at Applegate Road to Steamboat Ranch
Joe Bar area
Joe Bar area

A Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice alerts residents to be prepared for a potential evacuation. Officials will be in these areas today notifying residents in person. While an evacuation is not necessarily imminent, residents should take precautionary steps to address issues that require extra time to accomplish, such as relocating large animals. Residents should monitor incident information sources below and local media.
Residents of Jackson and Josephine counties in Oregon can register for emergency citizen alerts at www.rvem.org. Residents of Siskiyou County in California can register at http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/oes-codered.
Branch I: Creedence Fire and Bigelow Fire (Grayback Fire)
Crews continue to focus on establishing control lines on the west side of the fire using existing roads and building hand line.
Branch II: Burnt Peak Fire
Firefighters are focusing efforts on the eastern perimeter of the Burnt Peak Fire using existing roads to box the fire’s progression from the north and south.
Branch III: Seattle Fire, Abney Fire and Cook Fire
Firefighters continue to build and improve control lines on the north and east flanks while looking for opportunities to establish lines on the south and west.
Closures
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed three areas on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in support of fire suppression efforts, including National Forest land between Kinney and Palmer creeks; the Grayback Mountain area; and the areas south of Applegate Lake. Local residents will be allowed to access their property; please bring proof of residence. The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. For specific descriptions and maps of the closures, go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/home/?cid=fseprd555085.
Fire Statistics
Location: 17 miles east of Cave Junction, OR 
Start Date: August 14, 2017
Cause: Lightning 
Complex Sized: 14,066 acres
Total Personnel: 464 Complex
Containment: 48%

Social Media Resources
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/#
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MillerComplexFires/ or https://facebook/R6RRSNF
Twitter: #MillerComplex

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