Douglas & Big Windy Fires Slowed by Rains
The Douglas complex of fires is now listed at 48,679 acres and is 87 percent contained and is now staffed by 648 firefighters. Mop up operations and rehabilitation projects are slated for today. The light rain falling has postponed any additional burn out operations.
Starting Monday evening, management of the Douglas Complex will be returned to the Douglas Forest Protective Association. Eighteen crews and 21 engines will remain to finish mopping up the perimeter of the fires. At night, engines will patrol the perimeter. Helicopters and additional fire suppression resources will be available from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit.
The Douglas Complex’s incident command post at the Glendale High School will disappear in a few days. All the tents and trailers will get packed up along with the telephones.
The Big Windy, now at 28,936 acres is 35 percent contained with 1,013 firefighters still assigned. Hand construction and reinforcement of fire lines will continue