Oregon Wildfire Roundup For Sept. 21

Sep 19, 2017

Recent rainfall has dampened, although not completely put out, the region's wildfires. And while the rain potentially creates new problems for fire crews (erosion, mudslides, flash floods), managers largely expect the weather to keep the fires from spreading and prevent new fires from starting.

The rain has also cleared the air, leaving "GOOD" Air Quality Index readings across the region.

This will be our final Oregon wildfire update for 2017, barring new developments.

Below are links to updates on evacuations, road closures and other relevant information on wildfires currently burning in JPR's listening area in Oregon.

The Chetco Bar fire north of Brookings simmered for a month in the scar of the 1987 Silver fire and the 2002 Biscuit fire in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, before blowing up and breaking out of contingency lines in late August. To date it's burned 190,512  acres and is 94 percent contained. 

For all information about the Chetco Bar fire, click here ...

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The High Cascades Complex has been burning since late July in the area west and southwest of Crater Lake. The complex  has burned 79,342 acres and is 32 percent contained. 

A Level 1 ("Ready") Evacuation Alert remains in effect for Mazama Village in Crater Lake National Park. Another Level 1 Evacuation Alert remains in effect for the Union Creek area in Jackson County.

There are some closures in effect on these fires.

For complete information about the High Cascades Complex,  click here.

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The Miller Complex fires have been burning about 17 miles east of Cave Junction in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.  

The complex has burned a total of 36,302 acres. The fires are at 65 percent containment. 

There will be a community meeting at the Applegate Valley Fire Station #9 Tuesday evening, September 19, at 6 PM to provide an update on fire operations and team management.

There are currently several closures in the Siskiyou Mountain Ranger District. Click here for details.

For complete information about the Miller Complex, click here.

You can also follow the Miller Complex fire Facebook page

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The Umpqua North Complex started the week of Aug. 09, about 50 miles east of Roseburg in the Umpqua National Forest. There are currently 14 active fires in the complex. The fires have  burned about 43,139 acres in total so far and are 38 percent contained.

Here's information about closures (including a map) in the Umpqua National Forest.

Highway 138 has been re-opened to unrestricted travel.

All evacuation orders have been dropped.

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The Horse Prairie fire was discovered on Saturday afternoon, August 27, near Horse Prairie, 12 miles west of Riddle and eight miles southeast of Camas Valley in Douglas County. It quickly grew from 50 acres to 350 acres by Saturday evening. The fire remains at 16,436 and is now 90 percent contained.

Incident management says that after Sept. 13, it will no longer release daily updates on the Horse Prairie fire. Any further notices will be available on the Horse Prairie fire Facebook page.