The U.S. Forest Service will continue its plans to restore about 3,000 acres of forestland, despite the wildfires that burned 56,000 acres across the Umpqua National Forest this past summer.
While studies warn that climate change has been found to increase the intensity and extent of wildfires across the Northwest, forestry experts and climate change observers say a potential connection remains hazy in Douglas County.
Based on a true story about an elite group of firefighters called the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the film “Only the Brave” portrays the physical and emotional aspects of wildland firefighting — from the tactics of fighting fire with fire to the toll it takes on the crews’ families.
While cloudy and rainy weather has kept fire activity down, it has prevented crews from flying over the Umpqua North Complex and the Umpqua National Forest with infrared cameras to get up-to-date estimates of the fires’ acreage.
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.
As the Umpqua North Complex fires burn over 41,000 acres in the Umpqua National Forest, Task Force Spearhead, a U.S. Army task force of about 245 soldiers, has joined in the firefighting efforts.