Sugar Pine Fire


Incident #: RSF-331
Fire Start: 8 months ago
Location: 11.8 miles NW of Prospect, OR
Acres: 8,729
Agency: Rogue Valley Interagency Communication Center (OR-RVC)

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 21 mins, 53 secs ago — On Sunday July 15, lightning started hundreds of fires across Southwest Oregon. The U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Local Fire Districts, Tribal and Crater Lake National Park firefighting resources have been coordinating efforts to control the fires. Although many fires have already been contained, others continue to be fought.On August 5th, Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team, Doug Turman Incident Commander, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Joe Hessel Incident Commander, and Oregon State Fire Marshal Team Red, Ian YOCUM Incident Commander entered into unified command of the South Umpqua Complex/Sugar Pine Fires.


Incident Contact
s Sugar Pine Fire Information
Phone: 541 560 3374
Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. SW Oregon Fire Information Center
Phone: 541 474 5305
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Fire Unit Information
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504

Basic Information

Date of Origin
Sunday July 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
5 Miles northeast of Trail, Oregon
Incident Commander
Doug Turman, Joe Hessel, Ian Yocum
Incident Description
42.848 latitude, -122.711 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel
25,874 Acres
Fuels Involved
grass, brush, timber, slash
Significant Events


Fuel Conditions: All dead fuels are available for consumption, especially finer fuels. Live woody and herbaceous fuels are drying ahead of seasonal average. Most grasses below 5000' feet in elevation are fully cured. This area has seen minimal moisture since May is in drought conditions.

Branch 1:
Continued active surface fire, moderated by dense smoke and light terrain driven winds. Expect continued flaking and head fire in surface fuels with occasional single-tree and group torching. Maximum spotting distance 1/2 mile with the probability of ignition (shaded) 75%.

Branch 2 and 4
If the inversion lifts, expect active surface fuels occasional single tree torching and group torching. There will be short and long range spotting. Branch 4 is likely to be very active later in the afternoon.


Planned Actions
Branch 1:

Division A
1. Continue to prep dozer and hand line for future burn operation.
2. Continue to planning and construction of contingency lines in cooperation and coordination with landowners
3. Locate, Identify and mitigate hazard trees.
4. Assist structure protection resources to protect and secure structures as necessary.

Division X
1. Complete, improve and hold containment lines.
2. Conduct burnout operations if conditions allow, continue to remove unburned fuels adjacent to containment lines.
3. Locate, identify and mitigate hazard trees.
4. Improve, plumb, and begin mop up on containment lines.

Branch 2:

Division H
1. Hold main fire south of 1610 road
2. Mitigate snag hazards
Division V
1. Continue planning and construction of contingency lines in cooperation and coordination with landowners 2. Identify indirect line opportunities
3. Complete, improve, plumb and hold containment lines
4. Conduct burnout opportunities if condition allow, to remove unburned fuels adjacent to containment line.
5. Scout for and identify contingency line options.
6. Locate, identify and mitigate hazard trees.

Division T
1. Conduct burnout operations if conditions allow, continue to remove unburned fuels adjacent to containment lines.
2. Complete, improve, plumb and hold containment lines.
3. Construct indirect line with equipment and hand crews for possible contingency or firing.
4 Triage and prep structures, patrol residential areas.
5. Begin to mop up containment lines.

Branch 4:

Division P
1. Hold and mop up near DP 95 and DP 94 tying into 6640 road
2. Construct line north and east of DP 61.
3. Improve contingency line on road 6600 and up road 200
4. Continue to monitor fire along 6640 and burn out as necessary.
Division R
1. Continue to secure slop over by DP 95
2. Patrol road 6620 up H-100
3. Prevent westward movement of Miles fire.
4. Help Support Division P with crews and equipment if necessary.
Branch 5
1. Triage structures on Lewis road, Cascade Gorge and Ulich Road.
2. Provide structure protection
3. Secure containment lines and hold fire
4. Support wild land resources where appropriate and requested.
5. Provide full suppression within 150' of structures.
Projected Incident Activity

Branch I:
Continued potential for extreme fire behavior late in the burn period. Fuels have dried in the Flat Creek drainage
to the point that fire will move through any of the drainages readily. Fire will continue to grow to the North, East
and Southeast. Fuels in that area are open and exposed and spot fires can ignite easily.

Branch II:
Fire will continue to smolder and burn remaining fuel inside the perimeter. The potential for spread is significantly reduced due to suppression accomplishments.

Branch IV:
Continued potential for extreme fire behavior late in the burn period. Keep the fire west of the 6640 road. Keep the spot fire in Division R contained.


Branch I- Miles fire may continue to progress south and southeast onto more BLM and private land due to increased long range spotting and receptive fuel beds. Fire could spread toward Lost Lake Reservoir if containment lines are not successful.

Branch IV: Utilize the extra capacity available through the surge group for burnout operations. Keep the fire west of Road 6640.


Warmer daytime temperature, lower day time relative humidity, and the high winds out of the Northwest could continue to push fire to the south/ southeast into more populated areas.


There is still threat of a more active fire weather pattern that could push fire south into more populated areas.