Middle Fork Complex
27.6 mi
ESE of Springfield, OR
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
10 mins, 50 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Thursday, July 29, 2021 7:00 AM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 16 hours, 59 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Middle Fork Complex Fire

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) 782-5215

Facebook: @MiddleForkComplex   

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Thursday, July 29, 2021 2:00 PM PDT
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

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
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:
Smoldering, creeping

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Resources are currently working on water-barring the fires lines created by bulldozers as well as
removing and piling slash ditches and roadways to ensure water from recent rain can flow off landscape. Resources continue to consolidate fuels created during line construction. Due to attrition, more EMTPs and Safety Officers are needed to provide an adequately staffed, safe work environment for line
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 Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Preparing for expected rain in the near future.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Public Information
Email: 2021.middlefork@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-782-5215
Hours: 8am-4:30pm
Fire Unit Information
Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477