fb pixel

Log In

Reset Password

Burnt Peak fire triggers evacuations

APPLEGATE — About two dozen families on Kinney Creek and Palmer Creek roads were evacuated Saturday because of the advancing Burnt Peak fire (information corrected from previous version).

Jackson County sheriff's deputies knocked on doors to alert residents, fire officials said. The residents found lodging elsewhere and no evacuation shelter was needed, said Ellen Jungck, public information officer for the Miller Complex, which includes the Burnt Peak fire burning north of Applegate Lake and west of Upper Applegate Road.

Jungck said the homes are not in imminent danger. Flames are creeping along the ground, she said, adding that it's "nowhere close to" crowning in the trees.

Aside from the flames slowly creeping south, the fire otherwise has behaved as experts predicted, according to Jungck. Personnel battling the flames held steady at 555, but the area saw additional traffic as some crews demobilized and new crews took their place Saturday.

Because of limited internet and mobile data service in the Applegate area, incident management teams receive frequent calls from locals concerned about the visible flames and heavy smoke but unable to get updates on the web.

"It's smoked-in pretty good," Jungck said. "We get a lot of calls."

At last count Saturday, the Miller Complex fires had burned 16,012 acres in the Applegate area and into Northern California. A lightning storm on Aug. 14 ignited 25 fires in the area. Remaining active fires include Creedence and Bigelow (Grayback) fires, seven miles south of Williams; the Abney fire, about nine miles north of Seiad Valley, California; and the Burnt Peak, three miles north of Applegate Lake.

Both sides of Upper Applegate Road from Palmer Creek Road to the Applegate Dam spillway, including Bolder City, remain on Level 2 — get set — evacuation notice, according to InciWeb, a site that monitors fires burning on state and federal forestlands.

Also on Level 2 alert is Beaver Creek Road from its junction with Upper Applegate Road east for about a mile.

On Level 1 — get ready — alert are Carberry Creek Road from Applegate Road up to and including Steamboat Ranch; Palmer Creek Road/Applegate Road intersection north to 7449; Applegate Road and Eastside Road from Upper Applegate Road north to 2874 Eastside Road; and south from Applegate Dam spillway around all of Applegate Lake, including French Gulch.

Hart-tish, Harr Point, Watkins, Tipsu Tyee, Latgawa Cove and Stringtown campgrounds and Carberry Picnic Ground are also under Level 1 alert.


Pranay Manghirmalani of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office speaks to a recreational traveler about road closures at the intersection of Upper Applegate and Palmer Creek roads Saturday afternoon. [Mail Tribune / Andy Atkinson]
Pranay Manghirmalani of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office speaks with a local outdoorsman about road closures at the intersection of Upper Applegate and Palmer Creek Road Saturday afternoon. [Mail Tribune / Andy Atkinson]