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Miles Fire

Unit Information

Umpqua National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2900 NW Stewart Parkway
Roseburg, OR 97471

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Incident Contacts

Miles Fire Information
Phone: 541 560 3374
Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

SW Oregon Fire Information Center
Email: swofireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 541 474 5305
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The Miles Fire is the new name for the fire previously named the Sugar Pine. The Miles Fire and Sugar Pine fire have merged.

On Sunday July 15, lightning started hundreds of fires across Southwest Oregon. The U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Local Fire Districts, Tribal and Crater Lake National Park firefighting resources have been coordinating efforts to control the fires. Although many fires have already been contained, others continue to be fought.

The Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team, Doug Turman Incident Commander, and Oregon Department of Forestry Team 3, Link Smith Incident Commander, entered into unified command of the Miles Fire on August 4.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Location5 Miles northeast of Trail, Oregon
Incident CommanderDoug Turman, Link Smith
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates42.848 latitude, -122.711 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,725
Size46,512 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained30%
Estimated Containment DateSunday September 30th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Active

Isolated Torching

Backing

Short-range Spotting

Increasing activity by mid-afternoon. Greatest spread potential along the NE flank of Division O. Short ranged spotting occurring and remains a high concern.

Outlook

Planned Actions

In Branch I

Division A and B will continue to mop-up 100 feet and patrol lines. A portion of the line in Div B was constructed by handline.

Division T,X,V- will continue to mop-up 100 feet and patrol the lines. They will seek out isolated islands and spots within the

fire perimeter. T is a bit more challenging to mop-up given the multiple areas of unburned fuels within the fire perimeter.

Branch II

Division D/F will continue to improve line, and mop up Forest Service and BLM ground to extent necessary. Pull hose from

sections of secure line.

Division H will hold the main fire south of the 1610 road, mitigate and snag hazard trees. Watching fire burn to holding lines.

Branch IV

Division P- will continue to mop-up 100 feet and patrol the lines. They will seek out isolated islands and spots within the fire

perimeter.

Division O Continue burn out operations along road 6640 heading north towards the Branch break, and support holding group

task group. Falling modules will continue to hazard tree felling operations along 6640 road. Mop up operations on Forest

Service, BLM and private lands should be done to the extent necessary so not to escape containment.

Projected Incident Activity

Projected Incident Activity, Potential, Movement, Escalation, or Spread and influencing factors during the next operational period and in 12-, 24-, 48-, and 72-hour time frames:

12 hours: Continued activity, especially in dry thermal belt at higher elevations, primarily interior locations.

24 hours: Potential for continued fire growth towards the northeast with potential impact to values in Special Interest Area.

48 hours: Potential for continued fire growth towards the northeast with potential impact to values in Special Interest Area.

72 hours: Potential for fire growth and spotting due to increased likelihood of torching. Temperatures will be in the 90's continuing to dry out fuels.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Hot and drier weather pattern will continue. Fire will continue to spread toward indirect containment lines under predicted weather of low humidity and winds impact the area.

Remarks

No IR flight last night. Additional acres based upon observations of fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

An upper level disturbance will move across the area today. This system will lead to a few cloud build-ups. An isolated thunderstorm cannot be ruled out, but threat mainly east of the incident area. High pressure will build in behind this system tonight and Friday and linger into Saturday. This should lead to a slight cool down for Friday, followed by warmer and drier conditions over the weekend. Maximum temperatures will be 76-91 and minimums will be 51-58 for the incident with RH in the low to upper 30's. Winds will be northwest 7-12 with gusts up to 18 mph after 1500.

The upper level trough will depart to the northeast on Thursday night. High pressure will build in behind the system and usher in drier air for the weekend. Temperatures will remain warm, reaching the upper 70's to upper 80's on Friday with minimum relative humidity between 22 and 32 percent. Temperatures will warm further into the weekend on Saturday when RH over portions of the fire may drop below 20 percent.