September 12, 2017 10:00 a.m.
The two fires burning in the West Zone of the High Cascades Complex near Crater Lake total over 23,000 acres.
Aerial resources assigned to the Broken Lookout and the Pup fires helped initial attack personnel find a new fire start on the southern boundary of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest on Monday. Fire conditions remain extreme, with the potential for wildfire starts from any heat source.
On Monday, helicopters dropped in the Wish Creek drainage water to head off the Pup Fire while fire managers continued scouting for potential containment lines in and around the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness Area.
Chipping, brushing and tactical burning continued on roads developed as contingency lines on the eastern, southern and southwestern flanks of the Broken Lookout Fire.
Crews plan to continue reinforcing contingency lines on that fire. Fire managers are assessing two roads that could be used to reduce the containment footprint.
Temperatures are expected to begin dropping but relative humidity will remain low. Both fires are expected to get more active.
The Broken Lookout Fire is 20% contained while the Pup Fire is 8% contained. A total of close to 600 people are working on the High Cascades Complex West Zone.