South Umpqua Complex Fire

Charred trees stand in the area burned by the Snow Shoe Fire, part of the South Umpqua Complex Fire.

No news is good news for firefighters battling Oregon’s southern fires.

While both the Miles Fire and the Sugar Pine Fire made runs toward each other earlier in the week, neither grew much Friday night, according to fire officials.

The Miles Fire is being mopped up in the northwestern area. While there was fire activity north of Ragsdale Butte, fire lines prevented any growth. Crews will continue to maintain the current line near Alco Rock and work on a secondary line along the west branch of Elk Creek. The spot fire across Elk Creek Road, which started after the fire merged with the Sugar Pine Fire and surged toward the road, has grown to approximately 300 acres.

Officials expected Saturday’s weather to remain similar to the end of the week, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and low humidity. However, officials did expect afternoon winds to pick up, increasing the likelihood of smoke being pushed into the area.

By Saturday morning, the South Umpqua Complex Fire had burned 23,726 acres and was 18 percent contained.

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