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Crews Working Several Fires on Rough Patch Complex, Jack Fire Now 75% Contained

1:24 AM · Aug 2, 2021

Lightning started several small fires this past Thursday night north of the Jack Fire. Those fires are now being called the Rough Patch Complex. 240 acres are currently being burned in the complex and it's 1% contained. The Jack Fire has now reached 75% containment. Here is the latest update from Incident Command for Sunday August 1st. Fire Information: As of Sunday, August 1, the Jack Fire has burned 23,004 acres and is 75 percent contained. It is currently most active south of Hwy 138 in the east, southeast, and south flank of the fire. Crews there are conducting firefighting operations as conditions allow, including at the 4770 road, on the 28 road, along the 530 road to Twin Lakes, and near Calf Creek. As burn operations occur, please be aware smoke may be visible to the public. North of Hwy 138, firefighters are successfully holding control lines and continuing mop-up operations, patrol and monitoring activity on the northeast, north, and west perimeters of the fire. Multiple small fire starts have recently ignited in a remote location at the Upper Steamboat Creek Drainage, following lightning storms that passed through that vicinity. Management of these new fire starts north of the Jack Fire has been combined and named the Rough Patch Complex. There are approximately 22 new starts burning about 240 acres. As of 7:00 a.m. this morning, Northwest Team 13, under the leadership of Brian Gales, has assumed command of the Rough Patch Complex. Today the new resources for the Rough Patch Complex will be working on the 650 and 651 roads and scouting for potential containment lines and opportunities for suppression. Crews will be assisted by firefighters from the Umpqua National Forest and the Douglas Fire Protection Association. The Rough Patch Complex is burning in an area of limited access, narrow roads, steep terrain, and high fuel loads, which will present a challenge for suppression operations. JACK FIRE Quick Facts: Fire size: 23,002 acres Location: 20 miles east of Glide, OR Containment: 75 percent Cause: Under investigation Personnel: 545 Date of Ignition: 7/5/2021 Structures Threatened: 243 Injuries: 16 Aircraft: 5 (shared) Dozer: 2 Engine: 21 ROUGH PATCH COMPLEX Quick Facts: Fire size: 240 acres Location: 20 miles east of Glide, OR Containment: 1percent Cause: Under investigation Personnel: 74 Date of Ignition: 7/29/2021 Structures Threatened: 0 Injuries: 0 Aircraft: 5 (shared) Dozer: 4 Engine: 3 Structures: Firefighter presence continues within Dry Creek patrolling and monitoring the area. Aviation: A heavy Type I helicopter with bucket recently joined two heavy Type I helicopters with buckets, one heavy Type I helicopter with a tank, and one light Type III that were already assigned to the Jack Fire. All five helicopters are now supporting air operations for both the Jack Fire and the Rough Patch Complex. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been established over the Jack Fire and Rough Patch Complex to protect aircraft working on firefighting operations. All unauthorized aircraft, including drones, are prohibited from flying over the fire, as they can interfere with authorized air support operations. 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 be continually 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’s Horseshoe Bend Campground remains closed to ensure the safety of the public. Visitors can call the North Umpqua Ranger Station at 541-496-3532 for details on whether additional national forest sites and facilities near the Jack Fire are open. 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 Weather: Although Saturday turned out warmer than predicted, weather conditions over the fire area have stabilized somewhat due to increased relative humidity, which will be about 30 to 35 percent today. Temperatures will be in the upper 80s at low elevations (2500 ft.) and high 70s to low 80s at high elevations (4000 ft.). There is a 15 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will remain terrain-driven at 5 to 10 mph, with gusts around 15 mph. Incident meteorologists forecast that similarly stable weather conditions will prevail through Wednesday.