Big Windy Complex Proves to be Difficult for Fire Crews

, Posted: Sat, August 3 2013 at 6:44 PM, Updated: Sun, August 4 2013 at 7:49 AM

The Big Windy Complex, located 8 miles north of Galice continues to be a struggle for fire crews.

The fire is located in a tough area to reach, so they are using unique ways of both reaching and fighting the fire.

It's tough to make much out of anything near Galice as smoke fills the air.

"Right now it's too smokey, and it would be ineffective for them to be in the air if they can't see where they're flying."

As of Saturday evening the Big Windy Complex has burned 6,151 acres and is 0% contained.

One reason there's no containment is the fires difficult location, so they are using unique ways to get to the fire, like floating on a raft down the Rogue River.

"As the rotation for the rafting companies are going up the river, we've partnered with them to use their services to help us transport firefighters up the river."

And because of the difficult location, instead of going directly into the fire, they are starting fires to create a fire line.

"And firefighter safety is utmost concern, we are expecting with the drier temperatures for increased fire activity. Once the inversion lifts, we certainly will be using our air support."

There's a little more than 800 personal working on the fire.

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