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Jack Fire Now 60% Contained

5:28 PM · Jul 28, 2021

Fire Information: The Jack fire is currently at 22,248 acres with 60 percent containment. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain and continues to be a challenge for fire operations causing some areas to be inaccessible. Yesterday firefighters continue to successfully hold fire within control lines north of Hwy 138. Patrol and mop up operations will resume for this area. Challenges yesterday in the weather delayed firing operations due to rain in the SE quadrant of Twin Lakes and Calf Creek. The lightning from the day before placed a greater demand on initial attack resources. Operations managers placed an Initial Attack Task Force in a location for better response needs. Personnel deployed to one initial attack response just outside the TFR area with ground and air resources. Resources from the Jack Fire organization previously identified to assist the Umpqua National Forest in extinguishing new fire starts were deployed. Through the assistance these resources, the new starts were successfully contained. These resources will continue to assist the forest on any new starts. Today, along South of Hwy 138, firefighters continue to work on securing the southeast corner of the fire. Operations for the southeast corner included developing plans for future burn operations when conditions allow. If burn operations occur, please be aware smoke may be visible to the public. Preparation of the 4770 road and 500 spur road on the east flank will resume with the utilization of mechanical equipment. Firefighters along the west flank continue to patrol control line and implement hazard mitigation. Structures: Firefighter presence continues within Dry Creek patrolling and monitoring the area. Aviation: Air support consists of two heavy Type I helicopters with buckets, one heavy Type I helicopter with a tank and one light Type Three. On Monday, aviation resources dropped 52,745 gallons of water on the Jack Fire and spent 11.5 hours in the air. In addition to providing support to the Jack fire, air resources also provided support to the Initial Attack Force. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been established over the Jack fire to protect aircraft that are involved in the firefighting operation. All aircraft, including drones are prohibited from flying over the fire. Please do not use drones or any other restricted aircraft listed near the fire as it is a federal crime. Safety: Our primary mission continues to be managing wildfires, taking care of the community and meeting the objectives identified by the agency administrators. Additionally, protecting the community and our firefighters from contagious diseases, such as COVID-19, is also a priority. COVID precautions and procedures have been implemented to ensure the safety and health of all fire personnel and the community we serve. Our staff will continually be monitored to ensure protection measures are effective and in alignment with the primary objectives of protection from wildfire. Safety on Hwy 138: At this time, Hwy 138 remains open. Be aware there are possible speed limit changes and increased traffic due to fire personnel. Please follow the posted speed limit for your safety and the safety of firefighters. Closures: The Umpqua National Forest currently has closed certain areas within the national forest for the safety of the public. The full closure order and map can be viewed at www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua and on the Jack Fire Facebook page. Evacuations: As designated by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the current evacuation levels remain the same. A current evacuation map can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations Weather: Today will be the start of warmer and drier trend. As hot and dry conditions return, there may be a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms. Maximum temperatures are expected in the mid to upper 80s with minimum relative humidity within the mid 20 percent range. Afternoon winds will be out of the west northwest ranging from 4 to 8 mph with gusts up to 14 mph.

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