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CANYONVILLE — Mike and Donna Cox sat in their car on North Gazley Road with a mix of emotions as smoke and flames from the Milepost 97 Fire turned the dusk sky near Canyonville into a mixture of orange and red.

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Communities need to change the way they prepare for wildfires, especially massive ones that rip through thousands of acres, according to U.S. Forest Service research ecologist Paul Hessburg.

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The Douglas Forest Protective Association and other regional fire crews responded to a fire in the Bear Springs area, approximately 7 miles west of Glendale, which ignited early Thursday morning.

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The Douglas Forest Protective Association is urging hunters to learn the fire restrictions currently in place, before heading out into the woods for the opening of bow-hunting season, because of high fire danger.

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The Miles and Columbus fires have reached more than 50 percent containment on 49,418 acres. Firefighters and resources are continuing to be reassigned to other locations.