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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.

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The dense forest along Jackson Creek Road outside of Tiller looked misty Wednesday morning. Up above, smoke clouded the sky and the trees became obscured, reduced to outlines in the gray distance.

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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.

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More than 1,000 structures and 400 homes have been checked or outfitted to better withstand the extreme wildfire conditions in Southern Oregon thanks to 41 different fire agencies, according to the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal.