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.
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.
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.
Firefighters responded to a fire near Old Highway 99 South, about 2 miles south of Roseburg at about 2:50 p.m. on Thursday. The fire burned approximately 4 acres of brush, grass and other hardwood material.
A new study from Oregon State University claims the 2013 Douglas Complex Fire burned with a higher fire severity in private industrial forests than in nearby public forests, partially due to management practices.
It may be spring, but wildfire knows no season, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association. Crews from the DFPA responded to a natural cover fire about two miles southwest of Glendale, near the Douglas and Josephine County line, shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday. The firefighters worke…
Fir Grove Elementary School fifth grader Naomi Osunacuriel attempted to maneuver a shovel into rocky soil Friday as fellow student Sara Beth Cook held a small Douglas Fir sapling.