Jack Fire 15% contained, cooler temperatures and higher humidity could aid firefighters
Written by Patrick Schneider on July 14, 2021
Steamboat, Ore. – The Jack Fire is currently estimated at 13,907 acres and is 15% contained. Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity the next few days will help resources hold the fire within the planned containment line.
North of HWY 138, Crews will continue to hold, secure and mop-up along the 4760 Road moving east towards Dog Mountain. Firefighters will burn vegetation away from containment lines in the northeastern corner of the fire perimeter as needed to hold the fire within the planned containment area. In the Dry Creek area, crews continue mop-up around the structures.
South of HWY 138, on the western perimeter of the incident, the fire continues to move south along the 4714 road. Crews will continue to hold the fire east of the road, burning out vegetation as needed to strengthen the line. Crews are utilizing trails, roads, and hand lines to hold the fire within the planned containment lines on the southern-most edge of the fire. Today, firefighters will hold established containment lines while preparing lines to the south.
Structures: Structures have been prepped, structure protection enhanced and will be monitored by NW Team 9 and the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
Aviation: Four Type 1 aircraft and two Type 3 aircraft continue to support firefighters on the ground. Type 1 aircraft include Sikorsky and Kaman 1200 (KMax) helicopters along with a Type 3 A-Star helicopter. Air assets provide ground resources with water and retardant drops to limit the spread of the fire and to help establish and hold containment lines.
Evacuations: All Forest Service campgrounds (Apple Creek, Horseshoe Bend and Eagle Rock) are on Level 3 evacuation GO order. The Dry Creek community as well as all residences on the Illahee Road are also in Level 3 evacuation GO order. Level 2 SET evacuations were issued from mile marker 38 to 43. This includes Steamboat Inn and residences located on Brindle Bug Road, Steelhead Caddis Road, and residences and businesses located between mile post 51 and 55 on Highway 138E. Please visit the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office interactive evacuation map: www.dcso.com/evacuations
Closures: State highway 138E from Steamboat Creek to mile post 55 is closed to vehicle traffic. Steamboat Inn is also closed. Oregon Department of Transportation has set an eastside ‘soft closure’ checkpoint at Lemolo Lake junction to allow for local access into nearby recreation areas, including Lemolo Lake. Please visit https://tripcheck.com/ for updates on road closures. The Umpqua National Forest has issued UPDATED closure orders around the Jack Fire. The full closure order and map can be viewed on Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua and on the Jack Fire Facebook page.
Weather: Cooler temperatures in the 80’s today. Winds will be light from the east northeast in morning, changing west northwest in afternoon, with gusts up to 15 miles per hour.