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South Umpqua Complex Daily Update 7-31-18

South Umpqua Complex Wildfire
News – 7/31/2018



TUESDAY JULY 31, 2018 6:30 PM

Miles Fire crews will continue to hold and improve control lines on and near the 1610 road along the north side of the fire. Mop up and snag mitigation will continue. Snags in the fire area and along the roads are significant safety hazards. Many of the snags are left from the Timbered Rock Fire of 2002. Firing operations will be used where needed as weather permits. There has been active fire toward the southeast with spotting up to a half mile east toward Gobblers Knob.

Columbus Fire mop-up continues along the western edge while preparation and burnout operations will be underway along the north side. Crews will continue to prep and improve lines on the south side. On the northern edge a slop over was secured and no more spots were detected outside the line.

Snowshoe Fire personnel continue hose lays into areas that are inaccessible by fire engines and are mopping up within 200 to 300 feet from the outer edge. On the north side, crews are chipping larger piles of brush that were created during fire line construction. Equipment is being back hauled and repositioned for reuse.

The US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Douglas Forest Protective Association, and Oregon Department of Forestry are sharing helicopters, crews, camps, strategies, and radio frequencies in order to more effectively and efficiently suppress these fires.

Today’s weather is predicted to be similar to Monday’s with temperatures ranging from the 80s to the 90s and humidity around 25-35%. We expect heavy smoke in the area again today with unstable atmosphere that could lead to extreme fire activity.

The Level 2 Evacuation notice remains in effect for the Flats Ranch and Tison Road areas near the Miles Fire and in the Elk Creek Road area to the southeast of the Sugar Pine and Miles fires. Jackson County Sheriff, in consultation with forest fire officials, has decided that when the fire crosses Miller Mountain it will trigger a Level 3 evacuation for the Elk Creek area.

Fire at a Glance

Forest Road and Trail Closures remain in effect.

Fire Size:
14,196 acres

Containment: 16%

Location: 45 miles southeast of Roseburg, Oregon (Tiller Ranger District)

Cause: Lightning

Personnel: 1,281


Crews: 41

Engines: 38

Dozers: 11

Tenders: 31


2 Type 1 heavy helicopters

1 Type 2 medium helicopter

1 Type 3 light helicopters

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