Big Windy (OR) Wildland Fire Update


Incident: Big Windy Complex Wildfire

Released: 10 hrs. ago

Fire Information Update

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – 9:00 AM PDT

Complex: Big Windy

Acres: 2,914

Containment: 0%

Total Personnel: 186

News & Highlights for the Big Windy Complex:

-The BLM portion of the Wild Section of the Rogue River is closed from Graves Creek to Mule Creek effective July 31 at 12:01 a.m. due to extreme fire conditions and public health and safety issues

-The Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management has given official notice that the Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to the Rogue River Ranch is temporarily closed. All entry is restricted in order to protect the public during fire suppression operations.

-Watercraft will be launched from the Graves Creek put-in to deliver supplies to crews working to provide structure protection for Black Bar Lodge, Zane Grey Cabin and the Rogue River Ranch. As visibility allows, helicopters will assist with the transfer of supplies from ground transport to the boats at Graves Creek.

Big Windy Operations Summary:

Today, hand crews and equipment will be working:

-South of the Big Windy Fire to create fire line along the Bear Camp Road

-East of the Big Windy Fire to start opening up dozer lines and roads

-West of the Jenny Fire to build line along the ridge and down to the river

Crews will continue with structure protection efforts at Zane Grey cabin and Black Bar Lodge and will continue to scout for fire line locations.

Air operations: A light and medium helicopter are currently assigned to the Big Windy Complex, with the possibility of receiving additional air support from the Labrador Fire. Numerous emergency response landing zones are available along the river have been identified.

Two line medics and six EMT’s are stationed in various locations throughout the fire area for quick response.


Closures in Place:

-The Bear Camp Road is officially closed with closure orders and maps issued by the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management/Grants Pass Interagency Office and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest/Gold Beach Ranger District. See websites above for additional information. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office are providing staffing at the closure points and signs are in place.

-Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek to Rogue River Ranch

Big Windy Complex: Consists of the Big Windy (Josephine County), Calvert Peak and Jenny Fires (Curry County). Located on Medford District Bureau of Land Management lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry

Started: July 26, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.

Cause: Lightning

Location: Approximately 8 miles NW of Galice. The north part of the fire is within two miles of Winkel Bar on the Rogue River.

VALUES AT RISK: Boaters and campers on the Rogue River, Wild and Scenic River below Graves Creek, economic considerations associated with recreation, Black Bar Lodge (18 structures), Zane Grey Historical Cabin (9 structures), Rogue River Ranch, cultural resources, threatened & endangered species habitat, late successional reserves, fisheries and wildlife.

SAFETY CONCERNS: Steep and unforgiving terrain, mixing of fire and public traffic, particularly on one-lane roads, variable and unpredictable winds in the river corridor, inactive and active mine shafts, ticks, hazard trees, poison oak, poor air quality, aviation operations, extreme fire behavior.

WEATHER: A red flag warning is in effect until 2 pm on Wednesday. There is a slight chance for lightning over the fire area from 9 am to 2 pm today. Mostly cloudy with isolated dry thunderstorms. Temperatures 64-67 and Rh 36-40%. Winds light becoming NW 2-4 mph afternoon.

FIRE BEHAVIOR: Expect another smoky day with an inversion over the fire area. This will moderate fire behavior, with some occasional flare ups in thicker fuels.

COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Oregon Department of Forestry, Medford District Bureau of Land Management, Josephine County, Curry County, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

The Big Windy Complex consists of 3 fires: The Big Windy Fire, Calvert Peak Fire, and Jenny Fire (formerly the Windy 16 Fire). PNW Team 2(IC: Chris Schulte), a national type 1 IMT took control of the complex at 0600 on July 29, 2013. The fires are burning northwest of Merlin, OR.

The Big Windy Complex started Friday morning, July 26, 2013, after lightning ignited several fires on Bureau of Land Management(BLM) lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry(ODF).

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday July 26th, 2013 approx. 03:00 AM
Location 25 miles NW of Grants Pass
Incident Commander Chris Schulte

Current Situation

Total Personnel 269
Size 3,703 acres
Fuels Involved 10 Timber (litter and understory) Also fuel model TU5. Herbaceous canopy understory is thick and continuous.
Fire Behavior Creeping and surface fire, intermittent single tree torching with short range spotting, especially on the Jenny Fire, where it is down in the river drainage.
Significant Events Crews are completing structure protection for the Zane Grey Cabin area and the Black Bar Lodge. Control efforts have begun along the Bear Camp Road.


Planned Actions Continue structure protection assessment and implementation. Continue line construction on all divisions as resources become available. Continue to assess contingency lines as needed.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty Extreme
Remarks The only opportunity to control the fire is indirect attack utilizing existing roads and ridgetops.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 3 mph NW
Temperature 67 degrees
Humidity 36%




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