Breathing Easy(ier) – Wildfire Update for Southwestern Oregon

 

Not too long ago we were wondering if the smoke that hung over the Rogue Valley would be here all summer.  Wildfires in the area created unhealthy conditions on a number of days.  While the fires were many miles from the Talent area, winds pushed the smoke into the valley.  Fortunately, the smoke didn’t last but a couple of weeks and the sky has become clear again.  When the smoke cleared I realized (or was reminded of) how beautiful every vista was in every direction!

While fire crews will be busy for some time to come, they’ve gained the upper hand on many of the fires, with some completely contained. Below is an update from the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (as of August 24th) on the major fires in Southwestern Oregon.

Big Windy Complex
The lightning-started Big Windy Complex, burning eight miles northwest of Galice, is now 24,125 acres and 40 percent contained. There are currently 1065 total personnel assigned to this fire which is now being managed by the Southern (U.S.) Area Red Incident Management Team.
Information: 541-476-1252
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BigWindyORFire

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigWindyORFire
Inciweb: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3570

Douglas Complex
The Douglas Complex, burning approximately 7 miles north of Glendale in Douglas and Josephine counties, is now 90 percent contained and has burned approximately 48,679 acres. The complex was turned over to a local fire management team on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3559/
Douglas Forest Protective Association: www.dfpa.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

The lightning-started Labrador Fire continues to burn in inaccessible country 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass, Oregon. Isolated heat pockets still persist in the fire. The fire is 2,023 acres, with no containment percentage reported; 25 personnel are assigned to this fire. An Evacuation Level 1 order is still in place for the Oak Flat community in Josephine County and the Illinois River road remains closed to public use for safety reasons. A season ending event will provide the moisture needed to control the fire.
Information: 541-864-9282
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3563/

The Whiskey Complex, six miles east of Tiller on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest, is now 17,891 acres and 100 percent contained.
Information: 541-839-3099
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3562/