Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Thursday, October 21, 2021 11:47:12 PM PDT

Wildfire Incident Report


Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
www.fireweatheravalanche.org
Incident #
2021-NWCG-7771
FWAC Incident ID
206940
Incident Name
Devils Knob Complex Fire
Last Updated
Thursday, October 21, 2021 11:00 PM PDT
(46 mins, 32 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 1:00 AM PDT
(2 months ago)
State
Oregon
Incident Type
Wildfire
Location
28.5 miles N of Eagle Point, OR
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Devils Knob Complex on the Umpqua National Forest is a collection of 25 wildfires that started from lightning strikes on July 29 and August 1. The area burned by the fires has not increased in the past two weeks. On October 14th management of the Complex returned to the Umpqua National Forest under a local Incident Management Team.  The fires are 65% contained. Successive waves of cold, wet weather have almost extinguished the remainder of open perimeter and effectively prevented any additional growth. The work that remains is suppression repair, where roads, dozer lines and handlines are restored to proper drainage and protected against erosion from winter rains. Firefighters are felling and clearing fire-damaged trees that are likely to fall across roads and trails. As of this writing on October 14, the entire fire area and some surrounding public lands are closed to public entry because of unsafe conditions.

Closures: There is a temporary area closure in place for the Devils Knob Complex. For additional information see: Umpqua National Forest-Alerts and Notices. A Temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in place over the fires. The TFR is valid through October 18. TFR violations can disrupt aerial firefighting operations and may force fire managers to ground essential aircraft. Wildfires are a no-fly zone for unauthorized aircraft, including drones. If you fly, we can’t. . http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

The Devils Knob Complex Facebook page is no longer being updated but is accessible for previously posted maps, photos and information. 

Videos of operational briefings and occasional community meetings can be seen by clicking on this link: YouTube.

Hunting: Getting ready for your big hunt? Know before you go! There are numerous forest closures related to the wildfires that have impacted the state this summer. Check out the forest closures relating to the Devils Knob Complex and other fires that might impact your hunting trip:
 https://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=52a8f61ef92642139deb161c0b0831aa After you navigate to the site, in the upper right is a button to show the legend. As you zoom in on the map, you will see the Wildlife Management Units, Fire Evacuation Areas, and Emergency Fire Closures. 

If using a cell phone to view this page, you can click on the words directly below to view those topics.

Photos       Maps      News      Closures      Announcements      Videos      YouTube

Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Lightning
Date of Origin
Tuesday August 03rd, 2021 approx. 08:00 AM
Location
Fires span across the entire Tiller Ranger District
Incident Commander
Richard Tingle
Incident Description
Multiple wildfires
Coordinates
42.892, -122.853
Total Personnel
184
Size (Acres)
70,110
Containment
65%
Estimated Containment Date
Monday October 18th, 2021 approx. 02:00 PM
Fuels Involved
Primary fuels are a mixed conifer/ponderosa overstory with several degrees of understory. Understory ranges from grass and light shrubs in the meadows and along the forest edges, to heavy dead and down with reproduction mixed in. The heavy shrub/reprod understory is allowing for vertical movement of the fire when burning conditions allow.
Significant Events
Some threat to control lines from roll outs and trees holding heat and falling across line. Threat still exists for hazard trees falling over roadways. For most Divisions, the fire behavior is mild to nonexistent. with isolated heat sources.
Planned Actions
Continue to monitor the Devils Knob Complex fire area. Suppression repair continues, weather dependent, including chipping, line repair and road clearing.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: Greatly reduced fire behavior. Heavy fuels in timber stands may continue to burn at low intensities due to cooler temperatures, wet conditions and higher humidity.

24 hours: Minimal to non-existent fire behavior. Heavy fuels in timber stands will continue to burn at low intensities due to cooler temperatures, wet conditions and higher humidity. A 20% chance of showers in the morning with patchy fog and snow levels lowering to 4,200 will suspend most suppression repair activities.

48 hours: Morning fog and frost will give way to sunny conditions with temps in the low 60's. Wet roadways may impede suppression repair in the morning. Minimal to non-existent fire behavior. Suppression repair opportunities will improve.

72 hours: Slight warming trend with early morning frost will allow suppression crews to resume work on most of the fire area. Reduced fire behavior.

Anticipated after 72 hours: The warming trend will be interrupted by a weak frontal system entering the area on Saturday night. The next front brings the next decent chance of rain Saturday night into Sunday.
Remarks
This will be the final 209 for the SF IMT1 unless there are significant changes. The Type 3 team (SF IMT1) will transition to a local Type 4 team at 0700 on 10/14/21. The Devils Knob Complex is currently at 70,110 acres. Ownership Acres: The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribal Lands: 97 Acres Private Lands: 1,099 Acres USFS Land: 68,914 Acres #45. Cost of entire Complex applied to a single entry in Complex Fire Table. All incidents have been called "out" at this time except for the following: Smith, Big Hamlin, Mule Creek & Wild Cat. Cause for the complex is lightning.
Weather Concerns
After a cold start with frost and areas of freezing fog, the fire area was partly sunny becoming increasingly cloudy as a weak front moved into the area. A fast moving frontal system is then expected to move through tonight into Wednesday with light to moderate rain and mountain snow. Snow levels will be 4,000 to 5,000 feet. Rain and fog are expected Tuesday night and conditions with showers and cloud cover lingering through the day Wednesday. High pressure will then build in bringing a warmer and drier period Thursday through Saturday. A weakening front could affect northwestern portions of the area late Saturday into Sunday.
Incident Contact
Tiller Ranger District
Phone: 541-825-3100
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Umpqua National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Roseburg, OR 97471
Incident Map

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