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The Umpqua North Complex fires in the Umpqua National Forest have grown to 43,139 acres and have remained 38 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. The cooler temperatures and rain showers throughout the day Monday and Tuesday night have kept fire behavior minimal.

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Even though the B747-400 SuperTanker can carry almost double the amount of water or fire retardant — almost 20,000 gallons — compared to the next largest SuperTanker, don’t expect to see it fighting fires in Western Oregon anytime soon.

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The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Umpqua North Fire managers lowered evacuation levels for the Dry Creek Community and Slide Creek area, between mileposts 53 and 56 on Highway 138 East, from Level 2 "Get Set" to Level 1 "Get Ready."

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About 30 lightning strikes hit within one mile of land protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association Thursday afternoon, when fire crews located and suppressed two new lightning fires. The Diamond Creek Fire nine miles southeast of Tiller was stopped at one-quarter acre and the Ben …

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Along with a photography contest, beer and wine garden, live music and food trucks, this year’s NeighborWorks Umpqua Block Party will feature an opportunity for members of the public to write notes of appreciation for wildland firefighters.

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Evacuation levels dropped for the Horse Prairie fire Wednesday evening as the cooler temperatures, light precipitation and increased relative humidity led Douglas Forest Protective Association to lower fire restrictions for its protected lands.

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“Don’t bite your fingernails because we’re going to need all we have to hold on,” Operations Section Chief Matt Howard told the Oregon Department of Forestry’s incident management team during Monday’s planning meeting for the Horse Prairie Fire. Howard wanted to emphasize the next 24 hours w…

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Smoke from the Horse Prairie Fire has been making some Riddle residents nervous as the fire continues to grow about 12 miles west of Riddle and 8 miles southeast of Camas Valley.

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RIDDLE — While crews fighting wildfires are already equipped with all the food and supplies they need, there are other ways members of the public can show them support.

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Umpqua North fire managers have downgraded the evacuation level for residents of the Moore Hill Lane area to Level 1 or “Get Ready,” Friday afternoon. Residents living between mileposts 31 and 35 of Highway 138 East are asked to be aware of fire danger…

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While fire crews work to suppress the spreading flames in the Umpqua National Forest, Mary Brennan and Sandra Nichols of Douglas County are busy ordering fire engines, heavy equipment, drinking water and everything else the crews need.

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As the threat of the Happy Dog Fire grows, Umpqua North Complex fire managers and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office raised the evacuation notice for the Slide Creek area to Level 2 “Get Set” Thursday afternoon.

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CAMAS VALLEY — The Horse Prairie fire grew to 7,400 acres and was 15 percent contained by Wednesday evening as it continued to move southeast into timberland and away from populated communities.