Courtesy photo | The smoke in Rogue Valley over the past week came from the Douglas County fires, according to the Oregon Forest Department, Southwestern Oregon District.
Teams linked containment efforts on the west and north sides of the 8,816-acre Patton Meadow blaze on Saturday night using burnout tactics on the south side of Cottonwood Road – a ‘crucial step’ for firefighters . The lightning blaze 10 miles west of the Lakeview blaze has reached 45% containment.
Once the burnout operations are completed, the smoke should “dissipate quickly” from the fire area, according to the incident management team.
“It’s a big deal that we tied this thing up,” operations section chief Eric Perkins said. “We basically completed a prescribed burn in the third week of August – a burn you would typically do in October after 2-3 inches of rain. Hats off to the engraving module and to all who supported it.
With burnt fuels lining the perimeter, crews continued to mop deeper inside the blaze while monitoring spot fires on Sunday.
Emergency officials have deployed total suppression strategies on the Rough Patch (22,212 acres, 3% contained) and Jack Fire (23,768 acres, 51% contained) complex to protect structures in the fire area and prevent the progress of the fire to the west.
Containment lines were held on the north and west sides of the Jack Fire, while the active fire engaged firefighters on the south and southwest flanks on Saturday. Teams built a line of fire and carried out fire-fighting operations in the western and northwestern areas of the complex, and reinforced emergency lines on the eastern and southern flanks.
The Chaos, Little Bend, Buckhead and Near Minky fires at the complex burned without containment on Sunday morning.
Northwest winds with gusts of 18 mph were expected to increase fire activity on slopes and ridges on Sunday.
In the Devil’s Knob complex, containment lines were maintained on the western flank and containment levels improved during the Mule Creek and Hamlin fires. The fire violated primary control lines on the eastern portion of the Smith blaze on Saturday afternoon, prompting Level 2 evacuation orders for residents of Ash Creek.
Cooler temperatures have reduced fire danger from “extreme” to “high” across all Douglas Forest Protective Association lands as of Monday. The industrial fire precaution level remains at 3.
Under a “high” fire danger rating, the public can cut dried or dried grass, weld or use power saws for non-industrial purposes before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
The smoke in Rogue Valley over the past week came from the Douglas County fires, according to the Oregon Forest Department, Southwestern Oregon District.