Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Friday, October 22, 2021 12:15:42 AM PDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Middle Fork Complex Fire
Last Updated
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:01 AM PDT
(14 mins, 5 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Thursday, July 29, 2021 7:00 AM PDT
(3 months ago)
Incident Type
27.6 miles ESE of Springfield, OR
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Middle Fork Complex is being managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team.

Evacuations: All vacuation levels have been dropped in the Oakridge and Westfir area by Lane County. For current evacuation information and an interactive map of evacuation areas, visit: www.lanecounty.org. 

Closures: Some National Forest System lands near the Middle Fork Complex fires are temporarily closed to provide for public safety. Please be sure to check current conditions before planning your trip to the Willamette National Forest. For more information on Pacific Northwest closures, visit tinyurl.com/4j3fxy8y. 

Management of the Kwis, Knoll, Packard, Windfall, Symbol Rock, Devil's Canyon, Larison Cove, Way, Warble, and Journey Fires, has been transferred back to the Willamette National Forest.    


Fire Information: (541) 782-2283

Facebook: @MiddleForkComplex   

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Thursday July 29th, 2021 approx. 02:00 PM
9 miles N of Oakridge, OR
Incident Commander
James Hunt IC, Type 3 Team
Incident Description
12 Fires on Middle Fork Ranger District
43.869, -122.409
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Friday October 15th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Light Logging Slash

Mature conifer stands with abundant brush, small trees and dead/down logs comprise a majority of the fire environment. Mixed managed stands of differing age class populate the landscape. Mature stands will burn readily with torching and spotting when RH is below 35%. When present, light winds facilitate spread, primarily through torching/spotting.
Significant Events
Planned Actions
Resources will continue to monitor and mop up fire edge. Back haul of excess equipment will continue. Equipment will continue to remove logs and slash from roadways and ditches and consolidate material at staging points. Water-barring will be occurring in all divisions due to weather. Numerous resources that either timed out or are no longer needed are being processed through the demobilization process.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: Minimal fire behavior
24 hours: Minimal fire behavior
48 hours: Expecting precipitation to occur over the fire.
72 hours: Minimal fire behavior. Expecting precipitation.
Anticipated after 72 hours:
The acreage listed in block 7, is for the entire complex which includes 12 fires. The acreage for the two main fires, Gales and Kwis is 30,841 acres.

Transition to a type 3 organization has occured on Friday September 24th. 0700.

Block 45: Total cost for complex is listed in the Gales Incident. Acreage for Gales, Ninemile and
Elephant Rock are reported on Gales.

Block 9: Devils Canyon, Journey, Larison Cove, Packard, Symbol Rock, Warble, Way, and Windfall are within the complex but had been transferred back to the local unit as of August 6.

Kwis Fire was transferred back to local units on 09/09/2021.
Weather Concerns
Fall-like patterns are beginning to develop, bringing an increase in precipitation with intermittent periods of warming and drying. This presents challenges in access during and immediately after precipitation events. While this increase in moisture has successfully moderated fire behavior, there has not yet been enough precipitation to completely reduce the threat of fire spread.
Incident Contact
Public Information
Email: 2021.middlefork@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-782-2283
Hours: 8am-4:30pm
Fire Unit Information
Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
Incident Map

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