Crews on Skyline Ridge Complex hold small fires, actively engaging larger fires

August 4, 2021

CANYONVILLE, Ore.— Crews on the Skyline Ridge Complex made steady progress on numerous small fires within the complex and are actively engaging the complex’s larger fires. The complex now contains 24 fires including four large fires—Poole Creek, O’Shea Creek, Ike Butte, and Sweat Creek.

Overnight, firefighters on night shift held many of the small fires in the complex within their footprints. These fires will need additional work to strengthen control lines and mop up remaining hot spots.

Fire managers are developing plans to suppress the largest fire in the complex, Poole Creek, with heavy equipment, crews and additional overhead. The Poole Creek Fire—estimated at several hundred acres and burning in steep, heavy timber—has emerged as high priority for the fire team.

Today’s weather forecast calls for hot, dry conditions with unstable air. The National Weather Service has declared a Red Flag Warning for this afternoon and evening.

The fire’s Fire Behavior Analyst noted that the weather is going to drive increased fire behavior throughout the day.

“Today is going to be a fire day. Fuels are critically dry and we have unstable weather conditions. Crews should expect active fire behavior all day, including spotting (embers aloft) up to one-quarter of a mile,” said Brian Reel, Fire Behavior Analyst with ODF Incident Management Team 1.

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