Active fire on Upper Elk Creek Road in early August.

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.

An inversion is expected to hold the smoke down until noon. Tuesday afternoon, a thunderstorm is predicted, which could push smoke out of the area with gusty winds from the east.

On Tuesday morning, the air quality in Roseburg was listed as unhealthy for sensitive groups, according to the Air Quality Index. Air quality is expected to be moderate on Wednesday.

In Crater Lake and Prospect, air quality is expected to be unhealthy in the coming days, according to the U.S. Forest Service Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program.

The 35,455-acre Miles Fire is now 39 percent contained and the 10,518-acre Columbus Fire is 35 percent contained.

The Miles fire grew more than 2,000 acres and the Columbus grew another 677 acres to the south Monday.

On Monday, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reduced all level 2 evacuations associated with the Miles Fire to a level 1. However, there will still be a roadblock on Elk Creek Road for residents and fire personnel.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or Or on Twitter


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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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Very useful information on air quality is expected to be unhealthy in the coming days, according to the US Forest Fires Air Quality Response Program.
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