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Jack Fire Now 50% Contained

9:11 PM ยท Jul 19, 2021

The Jack Fire is currently estimated at 17,994 acres and is now 50% contained. Elijah put together a short video giving a first look into the Jack Fire burn area along Highway 138 out past Steamboat: Here is the full fire update for Monday July 19 from incident command: Safety on Hwy 138: For the safety of firefighters and the public, please be aware of increased fire traffic and follow posted speed limits along Highway 138. Fire information: The Jack Fire is currently estimated at 17,994 acres and is 50% contained. North of Hwy. 138, Along the northern flank, firefighters deepened the control line, and will continue mop-up and securing line. On the eastern flank, crews will complete burnout operations for increased depth of fire lines. Fallers are removing snags and at-risk trees to make roads safe to travel and crews continue to monitor fire behavior along North Umpqua River. South of Hwy 138, firefighters have prepared control lines and burned vegetation to create a secure control line on the west and southwest flanks. On the south and southeast east flank, crews will utilize heavy equipment and fallers to clear and brush out roads used as control lines. Crews will also be scouting for alternative lines to tie into existing hand line. Contingency line construction will continue with the primary focus to utilize existing roads as much as possible. Fallers plan to remove snags and put in shaded fuel breaks. A shaded fuel break involves removal of shrubs and smaller ladder fuels from under larger trees. Structures: Crews continue to mop-up and patrol around structures in Dry Creek area and around Horseshoe Bend Campground. Aviation: Air support today includes two Heavy Type 1 helicopters with buckets and one Heavy Type 1 helicopter with a tank along with one light Type 3 helicopter. Air assets provide ground resources with water and retardant drops to limit the spread of the fire and to help establish and hold containment lines. Smoke Forecast The smoke from the Jack Fire and Bootleg Fire will be pushed mostly east and away from our area through at least tomorrow morning. Some overnight settling of smoke could occur early Tuesday morning like we have seen in other mornings. Here is a animation of today's smoke forecast: Speed Reduction on Highway 138 Oregon State Police Lt. Steve Mitchell announced today there would be a speed reduction starting Tuesday morning July 20th on Highway 138 around the area of fire camp between mileposts 17-19. That's the area between the Green Bridge in Glide to the Narrows. Speed will be reduced to 35mph in this area. There continues to be a speed reduction further up the highway between mp 40-48, with the lowered speed at 45 mph. Fire Restrictions in Effect The Umpqua National Forest has entered into Public Use Restrictions Level 3. This means campfires are no longer permitted anywhere on the Forest, including in developed recreation sites and Wilderness. Commercial stoves fired by liquid fuel or propane continue to be permitted. Read the attached Forest Order to learn more.