The Umpqua North Complex and Horse Prairie fires ripped through Douglas County last year burning nearly 60,000 acres total, forcing residents to evacuate and roads to close.
Although smoke has cleared from the Miles Fire, fire officials remind residents that there is still active fire in the interior of the blaze and to stay outside of the fire area.
Firefighters plan to continue to secure the eastern portion of the 35,455-acre Miles Fire Wednesday, removing green fuels and patrolling for spot fires.
Changing winds and burnouts on the eastern portion of the Miles Fire are expected to create more smoke in Southern Oregon Tuesday, according to fire officials.
TILLER — While many firefighters are digging hand lines, dragging hose to mop up hot spots and patrolling the more-than-46,000-acre Miles Fire, one small engine crew is working to protect the world’s tallest sugar pine.
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.