Miles Fire

The Miles Fire burning Aug. 3.

Evacuation levels in the Trail and Prospect area, near the Miles Fire, were reduced to level 2 as of 6 p.m. Friday, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Under a level 2 evacuation, residents should either voluntarily relocate or be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

On Wednesday residents in the 8800-block and above of Elk Creek Road, and all residents on Sugar Pine Road and Dodes Creek Road had been told to evacuate the area immediately. Those residents are now able to return to their homes as firefighters continue to battle the nearby Miles Fire.

The Miles Fire, at 32,934 acres, is currently 35 percent contained. Warmer temperatures and light winds caused the fire activity to increase in the northwest and northeast portions of the fire. The western wind also helped firefighters push the fire back towards itself near Elkhorn Peak.

Firefighters for the Miles and Columbus wildfires are trying to stay ahead of the fire through methodical burnout operations in order to create burnlines. While fire suppression efforts are progressing, the fire intensity remains active within the perimeter.

Residents are advised to travel to the Oregon Coast or into the Roseburg area for relief from the smoke.

The Columbus Fire, at 9,814 acres is 29 percent contained. Control lines along the western and northern edges of the fire are holding. Control lines along the eastern boundary have been completed in preparation for future burnout operations.

The Snow Shoe Fire, at 3,816 acres, and the Round Top Fire, at 154 acres, are both 100 percent contained.

The total acreage affected by the wildfire is 46,718. A total of 52 crews, 69 fire engines, 12 bulldozers and 6 helicopters with total 1,790 personnel are currently being used to contain the wildfire.

Eric Schucht is a general assignment reporter for The News-Review. He can be reached at 541-957-4217 or eschucht@nrtoday.com.

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Eric Schucht is the Charles Snowden intern at The News-Review. He recently graduated from the University of Oregon.

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