16 Sep 2009, 9:57am
by admin

Boze Fire

Location: 10 miles SW of Toketee Falls, Douglas Co., OR
Specific Location: Black Rock Creek, trib to S. Umpqua, Lat 43° 9´ 39″, Lon 122° 32´ 11″

Date of Origin: 09/13/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 10/04/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 68
Size: 16,725 acres (Boze - 10,640; Rainbow - 6,085)
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $7,019,985

Fire smoldering. Plan to return to local unit on 10/06.


Situation as of 10/01/2009 5:30 pm
Personnel: 233
Size: 14,500 acres (Boze - 10,500, Rainbow - 4,000)
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $6,573,426

Continue rehab work snagging and hazard tree falling. Continued demobilization.


Situation as of 09/28/2009 5:30 pm
Personnel: 551
Size: 13,910 acres (Boze 9,482 and Rainbow 3,244)
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $5,832,008

Continued progress made in chipping brush along Road 28 and other associated roads near the Boze Fire. The acres for the two fires are: Boze 10,092 and Rainbow 3,818.


Situation as of 09/27/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 551
Size: 12,726 acres (Boze 9,482 and Rainbow 3,244)
Percent contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $5,406,243


Situation as of 09/23/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 596
Size: 9,462 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $3,088,000

Relocated helicopters from Toketee airstrip to Glide primarily due to smoke and fire spread. Extreme fire behavior on Boze and Rainbow Creek. Some burnout operations are continuing. Expect a reduction in fire behavior and higher relative humidities tomorrow but the fire will still be active. The acres reported are on two fires (Boze, 7,800 acres)(Rainbow Creek, 1,662 acres).


Situation as of 09/22/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 542
Size: 7,000 acres
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $2,800,000

Yesterday very low, single digit relative humidities, along with sustained winds, increased the fire behavior significantly on all flanks of the fire, causing a big increase in acreage. Similiar fire behavior is expected again today.

Status Road closures remain in effect. Forest Service Road(FSR) 28 beginning at French Junction (junction of FSR 28 and 2715) southwest along FSR 28 to spur 430. FSR 2715 from the French Junction (FSR 28) on the east to the junction with FSR 715 on the west. The public is asked to drive slowly and use caution near the South Umpqua river area and to please stay off closed roads.


Situation as of 09/15/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 162
Size: 200 acres
Percent contained: 15%

Forest Service Road 2715 was closed between French Junction on the 28 Road to 2814 Road.

24 Sep 2009, 4:38pm
by Bob Z.

I just visited the InceWeb site a few minutes ago to get updates on the Tumblebug and Boze complexes. The Boze fire had just been updated about an hour ago, and had this interesting containment strategy:

“Protect road 28 corridor. Assessing strategies and tactics for Boze and Rainbow Creek. Working with the Forest and three Districts for values at risk. Developing actions and priorities to provide long term protection for identified values at risk.”

This is the highest and best use of the wildfire economics loss-plus-cost checklist — to determine forest values, risks, and locations BEFORE a wildfire takes place.

Who are these people, and why are we trusting them to evaluate forest resources in the middle of a wildfire? Are they using defensible methods? Making reasoned decisions? Representing the values of the local community?

Yep — rhetorical questions.

30 Sep 2009, 2:19pm
by Ron N.

Let the whole national forest burn, they won’t let us log it any way. Millions of dollars going up in smoke for no reason. All that timber will be wasted

30 Sep 2009, 6:26pm
by Bob Z.


The problem is that wildfire “knows no bounds.” Private landowners have a right to be protected from wildfire and bug and disease infestations that go along with the passive management policies the government has adopted the past few decades.

Plus, please be an optimist. These negative practices currently in use by the feds all have a relatively recent history. Thirty years ago the USFS and BLM were doing a great job (by the standards of that time). This is no time to lose hope that they might reverse course and begin making good management decisions and taking reasoned management actions again.

In the past, the USFS had an objective. Now they mostly have excuses. The problem seems to be that they’ve seemed to have lost all direction. With guidance and encouragement, maybe we can help them find their way again.



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