Big Windy Fire Report: Wildfire on the Wild Rogue
An analysis of fire effects, fire suppression impacts
and management implications
A view into the Big Windy Fire, looking down Howard Creek in the Zane Grey Roadless Area
From the introduction to the Big Windy Fire Report:
On July 26, 2013 lightning crashed down on northern Josephine and southern Douglas
Counties in Oregon, starting numerous wildfires in the Cow Creek and Rogue River Watersheds.
Three small fires were lit in the tributaries of the Wild & Scenic Rogue River. These three
fires—west to east—including the Calvert Peak Fire, the Jenny Fire, and the Big Windy Fire, all
burned in relatively remote and inaccessible terrain. In early August 2013 these three fires were
declared a “complex” with one extensive fire perimeter; later these fires merged, yet in some
places never burned to the officially declared fire perimeter.
The fires, burning...