Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Fire Update for August 8

Release Date: Aug 8, 2017  

Contact(s): Chamise Kramer, Acting Public Affairs Officer (541) 618-2051, Rob Budge, Deputy Fire Staff (Fuels) (541) 618-2102

SW Oregon—Recent thunderstorms brought lightning to isolated areas in SW Oregon, with 60-70 strikes last night on the High Cascades Ranger District producing 6 confirmed new fire starts on the RRSNF. An additional 2 new fires were detected near the border between the Umpqua and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests.

Of the new fires on the RRSNF, most are estimated at ¼ acre in size. The largest is the 5-acre Anderson Fire, located approximately 10.5 miles west of the Spruce Lake, and west of Highway 230. Crews were able to fully line the fire last night before high winds, rain and hail moved into the area and personnel were moved out of the area. The Anderson Fire will continue to be assessed throughout the day for further containment needs.

The two fires near the boundary with the neighboring Umpqua NF, the Sherwood and Beaver Meadows Fires, each estimated to be ¼ acre in size, are currently staffed with rappellers.

An aerial reconnaissance flight is scheduled to occur today to detect further new fire starts, but with smoke currently sitting across the area, visibility is poor. The RRSNF will provide updates as they become available.

The Forest continues to work with our partners to ensure that safety of firefighters and public are the primary objective in responding to fires in the area.

Information is also being shared on the RRSNF’s social media sites (Facebook and Twitter), as well as on the RRSNF webpage. The public are encouraged to follow the social media sites for daily updates.

Blanket Creek and Spruce Lake Fires: At last report, the Blanket Creek Fire is at 4739 acres, and is located on both the RRSNF and Crater Lake National Park. The Type 2 Team currently assigned to the fire will be transitioning this week to a Type 1 Team. The Teams have also undertaken management of the Spruce Lake Fire, estimated at 4681 acres, and also burning on both the RRSNF and Crater Lake National Park. Closures are in place for both fires, with information on the incident Inciweb pages (see hyperlinks).

Chetco Bar Fire: The NIMO Team continues to work on strategies for the 4824-acre fire, believed to be started by lightning earlier in July in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Updates, closures and contact information can be found at the Incident’s Inciweb page.

Fire agencies in southwest Oregon are working diligently to respond to fires across the area, and once again would like to remind people that with hot and dry conditions comes the increased need for people to be overly cautious with fire. Know where smoking is allowed and where campfires are permitted, and always properly extinguish them. Together, we can work to prevent human-caused fires, to protect people and property, and to limit the fires on the ground during this, the peak of fire season.