Saturday, September 30, 2017


The last Posting for the Chetco Bar, High Cascade Complex and Miller Complex Fires
 was posted Friday September 29, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017

The Joint Information Center plans to close Saturday, September 30 at 5PM due to the decline in fire behavior and weather changes. Information for each of the three incidents will continue at their specific locations. Details are posted below.
Overview: Warm temperatures yesterday, the hottest for the week, slightly increased fire activity, but no issues were reported. Mop up continues as necessary, and fire crews continue to patrol fire flanks along with suppression line rehabilitation. Cooler and wetter conditions begin to develop today. A Forest-wide list of area closures is available on the RRSNF Fire Information Page.

Fires at a Glance

09-29-17 Chetco Bar Fire Update

Community Meetings The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is hosting two public meetings today to provide a Chetco Bar Fire history and update:
• 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Agness RV Park Event Center, 4215 Agness Road, Agness, OR
• 6:00–7:00 p.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds-Event Center on the Beach, 29392 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR
Today Crews will continue to seek out and extinguish lingering pockets of heat, repair areas damaged during firefighting efforts, and monitor and patrol secured areas. Nearly 60 miles of dozerline and 50 miles of handline have been restored to a more stable, natural state by chipping, dragging brush, and installing waterbars. Helicopter water drops assisted crews in securing a key piece of remaining uncontained line east of Mount Emily yesterday. A flyover confirmed full containment in the Illinois River drainage area in the northeast portion of the fire. A slight two-acre increase in fire size is due to the burning of interior pockets of fuel and does not reflect an increased fire perimeter. No visible smoke or heat was identified on the Indigo fire yesterday and repair work on roads east and west of the fire has been completed.

Closures and Safety Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Coos Bay District road and area closures remain in effect for all public lands adjacent to the Chetco Bar Fire area due to residual fire activity, heavy equipment in transit, and hazards presented by fire-weakened trees. Managers are assessing progress by firefighters, conditions on the ground, and other factors in order to reduce the scope of closures. Patience is requested and appreciated. For public and firefighter safety, please adhere to closures, whether staffed with road guards or unstaffed. For further information, please call (541) 618-2200 or visit

Weather and Fire Behavior Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain, high temperatures of 60-65, and light inland winds. A cold front is expected to continue moving onshore throughout the day, bringing cool, breezy, and moist weather inland. Fire behavior is expected be minimal and limited to smoldering stump holes. Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are in effect over the Chetco Bar Fire area. Before flying near the area, pilots are encouraged to check for the most current update at

9-29-17 High Cascades Complex West Fire Daily Update

Special Announcements: Smoke from California wildfires has drifted north into the area. Please check the Air Quality websites below for the most up to date information on smoke in your specific location.

The significant rain event previously predicted for the area on Tuesday has been downgraded to where even a wetting rain might not materialize. Forecast models are no longer showing the 1/2 to 1 inch of rain.

Fire Information Center: (541) 316-8352 Available 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Information Websites: Inciweb – and Facebook and
Incident Management Team: Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Tim Keith, is managing the High Cascades Complex - West Zone. The incident command post (ICP) is located at the Joseph Stewart State Park near Lost Creek Reservoir southwest of Prospect, Oregon. A spike camp is located at Milo Academy near Milo, Oregon.

Current Fire Information: Pup – 8,273 acres, 13% contained. Located northwest and southeast of Hershberger Lookout partially in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness. Suppression repairs have been completed on the handline along the south flank. Crews are patrolling and mopping-up hot spots. The north indirect containment line along Forest Road (FR) 2840 has been cleaned up and equipment is repairing any road damage. Merchantable logs are being decked for future use. On the east indirect line along FR 6520, vegetation and slash generated from indirect fire line construction is being hauled by dump trucks to a near-by rock pit for storage and later processing or burning.

Broken Lookout – 19,142 acres, 27% contained. Located directly west of Union Creek on the southern end of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness where it is burning on both sides of the Wilderness. On the south flank, firefighters are tightening lines to reduce acres lost and tie in the fire edge , inside of the current indirect containment lines. Firefighters are repairing secondary, unneeded dozer containment lines. Along FR 700 chipping of vegetative debris generated from indirect fire line construction continues. Mopping up is proceeding along the south flank.

Resources: Total personnel assigned to the Complex (both Zones) – 497: 1-type 1 crew, 2-type 2 IA crews, 6-type 2 crews, 6-camp crews, 9-engines, 4-masticators, 2-medium helicopters, 2- light helicopters, 1-dozer, 4-water tenders, and 91 overhead.

Air Operations: A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area restricting aerial public access. Please check the NOTAMs prior to flying. The public is reminded all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted within the TFR, delaying fire suppression efforts. Flying within the TFR is prohibited and against the law. The helibase is located at the Prospect Airport and is closed to public use. The airport is planned to reopen on October 15th.

Air Quality: Pollutants are present at a moderate level due to smoke from fires in California drifting into southern Oregon. For the most up to date air quality reported for your area see Air Now or the Oregon Smoke Blog

Weather: Yesterday was the last of the warmer, drier weather for at least the next week. A cold front
moved into the area bringing cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and potential for rain
showers. Maximum temperatures are forecasted for 64 degrees and relative humidity 40-60% percent thisafternoon. Ridgetop winds will be southwest turning to northwest and increasing 7-10 mph in the

Behavior: Fine dead fuels moisture continues to be low, however the vast majority of the fire fuels are starting to moiston. The greatest fire behavior potential will be on south facing slopes or under a more open canopy. Smoldering duff could kindle to a low intensity surface fire with minimal ground spread, with correct wind alignment. Creeping and smoldering may re-establish in the litter, duff and jackpots (piles) of dead and down fuels.

Closures: Multiple area, trail, and Forest road closures are limiting public access into specific areas for public safety. “Know before you go” by visiting or your local Forest office. Know: the forecasted weather; road, trail and area closure information; and be aware of firefighters working in the vicinity of your recreational activities.

Miller Complex Fire Update

September 29, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.

Acres: 36,654  
Percent Contained: 80%  
Start Date: August 14, 2017  
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel:  177
Location: Private land and federal land on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 20 miles west of Ashland, OR.

Fire Information: 541-838-0770, Email address:

Over the last two days, the Abney Fire grew by about 400 acres. A smoke column was visible yesterday from the Dutch Creek area. Due to steep slopes, poor access, and heavy fuel loading ground crews were not committed to build direct containment lines. A heavy helicopter dropped water buckets throughout the shift to slow fire growth. Overall, fire managers view this as a beneficial piece of natural fire that burned as they expected well within established containment lines.

Cooler weather is forecasted through the weekend, bringing lower temperatures and higher humidity that should lead to a decrease in fire activity. Light to moderate rain is expected over the fire area Friday morning through afternoon, although wetting rain is unlikely. Moderate winds out of the north will be the main concern through Friday evening and could promote some fire growth. Firefighters and heavy helicopters are available to take action as needed.

Crews continue to monitor and patrol hand lines on the Burnt Peak and Creedence fires. Repair work, including brushing and chipping of roads, continues across the complex in order to naturalize areas impacted by fire suppression tactics.     

Closures: An area closure remains in place for the Miller Complex. Roads bordering the Burnt Creek and Creedence fires remain closed. Although Carberry Creek Road has been opened, spur roads leading to the burn area also remain closed. Forest officials and fire managers ask that individuals adhere to the area closure still in effect for public and firefighter safety. Forest visitors are cautioned to remain alert and drive with care when near fire areas as crews will still be working in these zones.

For more information on the area closure visit the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure page at
The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Grayback Mountain Trailhead. For Klamath National Forest closures see

Miller Complex Information Websites:
Miller Complex Abney Fire, south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) -
ODFW Web Information about hunting and closures-

For all wildfires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF, Joint Information Center Blog -

Infrared Map of Abney Fire

Total Miller Complex Map