The Douglas Forest Protective Association has suspended burn permits for backyard debris burning due to warm, windy conditions and low humidity levels forecasted throughout the area.
The six wildlfires that burned an estimated 97 acres along Interstate 5 near Curtin in northern Douglas County was related to a vehicle malfunction from a passing motorist, according to a statement released by the Douglas Forest Protective Association on Saturday.
Six wildfires that stretched from Curtin to Cottage Grove on Friday evening snarled traffic on northbound Interstate 5, caused some anxious moments for nearby homeowners and turned a stretch of I-5 into a massive firefighter command post.
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.
Next May, Douglas County Fire District No. 2 plans to ask voters to create a boundary around the district’s coverage area that would force landowners not currently paying taxes for fire service to pay up.
Firefighters are expecting increased fire activity in the South Umpqua Complex after winds shifted to the southwest on Sunday, causing the blazes to grow to nearly 5,000 acres.
On Saturday, firefighters continued to fight fires in the South Umpqua Complex located 45 miles southeast of Roseburg. As of 8 a.m. Saturday, Umpqua National Forest Service officials said the fires had grown to 2,229 acres and are 10 percent contained.
With more than 25 confirmed wildfires burning in the Umpqua National Forest, an incident management team has been brought in to help manage the blazes.