Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) issued for Diamond Lake Recreation Area
ROSEBURG, OR – August 13, 2015 – Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) was issued for the Diamond Lake recreation area because of fire activity in the nearby National Creek Complex. The complex is located on the Crater Lake National Park and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and borders the Umpqua National Forest.
There were no new wildfires on Wednesday on the Umpqua National Forest. All recent starts are contained or in patrol status.
A campfire ban went into effect Wednesday across the entire forest. Portable cooking stoves using pressurized liquefied gas or propane are permitted.
Oregon Department of Transportation closed Oregon Highway 230 from mile marker 12 to the junction of highways 230 and 138, due to smoke, limited visibility, and fire suppression activities. Current conditions are located on TripCheck.
Potter Mountain Complex at a glance
Start Date 08/01/15
Total Acres 327
Percent Contained 75%
Type 2 Crews 1
Total Personnel 121
Potter Mountain Complex
The Potter Mountain Complex that started by lightning on August 1 is made up of seven wildfires. The largest fire on the complex is Incident 235. Current size remains at 327 acres with containment at 75 percent.
Green islands continue to burn in the interior of the fire. Firefighters continue to patrol along Forest Service Road 34-100 for potential snags and spots. Suppression repair operations continue on Incident 235.
Thursday’s activities include felling teams removing hazardous trees inside the fire line, construction of water bars to mitigate any erosion that might occur along the fire perimeter, and mopping up on the entire Potter Mountain Complex. The Gila/ Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team are assigned to manage the complex.
Potter Mountain Fire information: (575) 418-7875.
Potter Mountain Complex Inciweb Site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4440/#
Forest Closures/Public Use Restrictions
There are a number of emergency area closures for firefighter and public safety on the Umpqua National Forest due to wildfires. They include:
Forest Service officials closed the Mount Bailey Trail, Silent Creek Trail, and Horse & Teal Lake Trail, all located near Diamond Lake due to the current fire danger.
Hemlock Cabin, Mt. Thielsen Viewpoint on Oregon Highway 138, Mt. Bailey Trailhead, and Silent Creek Trailhead are closed. Forest Service roads 3703-380 and 3702-300 leading to Hemlock Cabin and Mt. Bailey Trailhead are closed.
The area north of Crater Lake National Park and between Oregon Highway 138 and Oregon Highway 230 is also closed. This includes Forest Service roads 6530-100 and 6530-760.
Area south of Tiller is closed because of the Stouts Creek Fire.
Forest Service Road 34-100 near the Potter Mountain Complex is closed to public use.
The closure orders and maps as well as public use restrictions can be found here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-notices.