As fire activity calmed on the southern portion of the Miles Fire Monday, firefighters are hoping to complete a control line around the entire southern portion of the blaze Tuesday and work on “herding” both the Miles and Columbus fires to the east.
More than 1,800 personnel are helping battle the more than 40,000 acre Miles Fire, which includes a series of fires burning on the border of Douglas and Jackson County.
Smoky conditions over the last couple days have allowed firefighters to make progress on control lines and spot fires in the South Umpqua Complex, which has grown to nearly 29,000 acres and is 18 percent contained.
Several environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday for failing to change the status of the marbled murrelet from “threatened” to “endangered.”
As of Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation made an emergency declaration aimed at easing the movement of commercial vehicles transporting supplies and equipment needed to combat wildfire activity.
A number of fires burning in the southern part of the state have begun rushing toward each other and combining into larger fires, officials said Friday.
The Lane County Circuit Court of Appeals declared the sale of a portion of the Elliott State Forest in Douglas County to Seneca Jones Timber Company in 2014 illegal in a ruling Wednesday.
Firefighters continue to battle the blazes in the South Umpqua Complex Fire that are growing with low humidity and high winds, but in one area of the complex, the work is almost complete.
Residents on Elk Creek Road were told to evacuate Tuesday night as the Miles Fire, part of the South Umpqua Complex Fire burning southeast of Roseburg, moved 2 miles down Flat Creek valley towards Elk Creek Road.
Firefighters were able to increase containment on the South Umpqua Complex Fire, a group of fires southeast of Roseburg, to 16 percent as the blazes continue to grow, reaching a combined 14,916 acres.
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an attempt by the Trump administration to have the climate trial brought by 21 young plaintiffs halted, reaffirming the Oct. 29 court date.