August 31, 2017 11:00 a.m.
Fires on the High Cascades Complex are burning in over 26,330 acres.
An update from the complex, says the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest has expanded the area closure west of Highway 62 and 230 around the Broken Lookout, Windy Gap, Paradise and Pup fires. The area generally runs from Woodruff Bridge on the south to the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Umpqua National Forest boundary on the north. The new closure impacted all OHV trails on the High Cascades Ranger District.
A community meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday in the Union Creek Campground. Fire managers and agency officials will discuss the status of the fires and the planned operations.
A Level 1 Evacuation Notice was issued by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday for the Union Creek area, due to increased activity from the Broken Lookout Fire. A Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in place for Mazama Village in Crater Lake National Park.
Fire expansion on the complex slowed on Wednesday. The Blanket Creek Fire grew by 331 acres while the Spruce Lake Fire grew by 65 acres.
The Red Flag Warning from 8:00 p.m. Thursday to 9:00 a.m. Friday impacts higher elevations due to low relative humidity and strong east winds. Weather is transitioning back to a hot and dry pattern.
624 people are assigned to the High Cascades Complex.