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US Forest Service Reports in Final Update that Smith River Complex is Under Control

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Another day of sunny weather meant good working conditions for the US Forest Service Type 3 team's final operational shift on Smith River Complex North.

Management of the incident was turned over to local Type 4 incident commanders Gavin Mitchell and Monty Edwards on Monday morning. At last report, the Smith River Complex was 94,606 acres, containment was 87% and total staffing was 612. This was the final update on the incident posted to Facebook.

The west side of the wildfire complex is anticipated to complete suppression repair work including biomass processing and debris removal by the end of today's shift. Two pieces of heavy equipment were to be demobilized this morning. On the east side, similar repair work efforts have progressed north and northeast. Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment of road systems and severely burned areas to determine emergency stabilization are ongoing.

Closures remain in effect and will be regularly re-evaluated in order to reopen them as soon as safely possible for both firefighters and the public. However, until those closures are lifted, it's important to respect the restrictions. Don't access closed roads or go onto lands or trails within the closure areas.

Meanwhile, the Anvil Fire burning near Port Orford was reported to be 22,173 acres with 43% containment and total personnel of 1,207. The Flat Fire burning near Agness was holding at 34,242 acres with 88% containment and 48 personnel.
Posted on 10/3/23 5:55AM by Sam Marsh