Umpqua North Complex crews work to keep fire within the existing perimeter
GLIDE, Ore. -- After the predicted cold front passed through the Umpqua North Complex on Thursday, fire activity increased in the afternoon with single tree torching, active backing and short runs through the surface fuels.
The most active areas were the east side of the Happy Dog Fire, the northwest area of the Brokentooth Fire, and the northernmost tip of the Ragged Ridge Fire. All five helicopters assigned to the incident supported the firefighters on the ground with water drops.
The fires were active Thursday night as well, despite the high relative humidities. Flames could be seen in the area around Eagle Rock from the Highway 138 East corridor.
Crews are working day and night shifts to keep the fire within the existing perimeter.
Friday, firefighters will be concentrating efforts on the east side of the Happy Dog Fire, the west side of the Brokentooth fire, and the Highway 138 East corridor. The west side of the Happy Dog Fire and the Fall Creek Fire remain in monitor status.
The fire weather forecast calls for a sunny day with temperatures ranging from 72 to 77 degrees. It will also be dry with minimum humidities in the 20 to 30 percent range.
Because of long drive times between Glide and the eastern edge of the fire, the Type I California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 has been operating out of two camps: one near Glide and one near Diamond Lake. With a transition to the Type II Great Basin Team 3, the Glide camp will move east to the Diamond Lake camp on Saturday and the new Incident Command Post will be located there.
Limiting impact to recreation and tourism remains a top priority for officials in the Umpqua National Forest.
A revised set of closures was released on Tuesday, September 12. See the revised order at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd558669.pdf. Regular fire updates can also be found on the Umpqua National Forest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UmpquaNationalForest/ and on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5505/#
Evacuations: The areas of Dry Creek, Illahee, and Slide Creek along Highway 138 East, Mile Markers 53 to 56, and the Clearwater area, Mile Markers 56 to 61, are in Level 1 Evacuation Notice “Be Ready.”
Road Closures: Vehicles continue to be piloted through the wildfire zone on Highway 138 East, between Mile Markers 47-53. Be aware that conditions could change at any time and the highway may be closed due to safety concerns. Trees continue to fall across the highway every day, but no injuries have resulted.
The Umpqua National Forest remains closed in areas of the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts. The North Umpqua River remains closed to boaters and anglers from Soda Springs Dam to the Susan Creek Campground. The north shore of the North Umpqua River from FR 4714 (Panther Creek Road) to Susan Creek is open to anglers only. For more information on forest closures see Public Notices at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/Umpqua/alerts-notices.