Big Windy Complex Nudges Closer to Containment
Fire suppression crews stabilized the re-burn in the Howard Creek drainage, located on the northeast flank of the Big Windy Complex, that started last Wednesday and burned aggressively through Friday producing heavy smoke that settled into the valleys in much of Josephine County. Additional burn-out operations increased the size of the Big Windy Complex to 27,555 acres.
The Big Windy Complex is 95 percent contained.
Bear Camp road is open but travelers are advised to drive slowly and with caution due to heavy fire suppression-related traffic in the area. Roads within the fire area remain closed.
Approximately 150 firefighters are assigned to the complex.
An overnight thunderstorm put down dozens of lightning strikes from the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, near the Oregon-California border, to the Jackson County-Klamath County line east of Howard Prairie Lake. A handful of strikes also came down in the Ashland Watershed area, between Wagner Butte and the West Fork of Ashland Creek. Two strikes were also recorded in Josephine County approximately 3 miles northeast of Little Grayback Peak.
Engine crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry Medford Unit are looking for a smoke on Chinquapin Mountain, 2 miles south of Hyatt Lake.
Lightning activity was significantly heavier east of the Cascade Range in Klamath County. The storm tracked as far north as Bend in central Oregon.