Blanket Creek Fire Update: Eastern Spread Slows

Release Date: Aug 6, 2017  

Contact(s): Blanket Creek Fire Information, 541-560-3359


Yesterday, under persistent smoke and cloud cover, with cooler temperatures and higher humidity, the eastward spread of the Blanket Creek Fire slowed. It reached new fuel types (brush and snags of the 2008 Middle Fork Fire in Crater Lake National Park) which burned actively but did not carry fire farther east. Interior fuels continued to burn, consuming dead logs and trees, producing heavy smoke. The fire was measured at 3,852 acres the night of August 4.

Burnout operations along a handline built between Forest Road (FR) 6205 and FR100 to block potential fire movement towards the private land outside of Prospect were successful.  That corner is secure.  Much of the FR6205 and FR100 containment lines are in mop up and patrol status.  Containment has grown to 27%.

Efforts to contain the portion of the fire that’s located in the Lick Creek Drainage continue.  This is an area of complicated topography and fuels. Crews are building handline and installing hoselays, down and across a steep slope from FR100. They have been supported by helicopters dropping water to cool and slow the fire.  They are also preparing indirect containment line along the Ginko Road system (FR6215).

Crews are progressing to flank the eastern push of the fire, seeking a safe and effective path for containment at the Middle Fork Fire and near Union Peak.  Strategies must avoid exposure to abundant snags.

Yesterday, the Pacific Crest Trail was closed in this area because of fire activity.  Information has been posted south of the fire so hikers can efficiently adjust their route.

There is a chance for thunderstorms over the fires today, with a slight chance of wetting rain.  Abundant lightning and gusty erratic winds can be expected, and a Red Flag Warning is in effect from 1:00 pm to 11 pm.  In addition to the possibility of starting new fires, thunderstorms bring erratic gusty winds that can push fires and knock down fire-weakened trees.

Smoke levels, measured with equipment in Prospect, Oregon, are forecast to be “Unhealthy” today.  Sensitive people should avoid outdoor physical activity.  Public information about smoke conditions is available at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

 

Blanket Creek Fire at a Glance

  • Size: 3852 acres; 27% Contained
  • Location: 6 miles NE of Prospect, OR
  • Cause: Lightning, Natural

Personnel: 632

Resources:

  • 4 Type 1 Hotshot Crews
  • 15 Type 2 Crews
  • 19 Engines
  • 15 Water tenders     
  • 2 Skidgens
  • 4 Dozers                
  • 3 Masticators
  • 1 Excavator            
  • 7 Falling Modules

 Aircraft (shared with Spruce Lake Fire):

  • 3 Type 1 heavy helicopters
  • 2 Type 2 medium helicopters
  • 2 Type 3 light helicopters

Closures: The Blanket Creek Fire vicinity is closed. The Closure Order and maps are on the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest website and Inciweb.  Sections of the Pacific Crest Trail are closed in Crater Lake National Park.

Fire Information sources:

Inciweb:

https:/ inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5431/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/R6RRSNF