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South Umpqua Complex Daily Update 8-1-18

South Umpqua Complex Wildfire
News – 8/1/2018


THURSDAY, AUGUST 2nd at 6:30 p.m.


Miles Fire crews were busy performing burnouts late Tuesday night in the area below Ragsdale Butte on the southwest flank of the fire. Burnouts are planned on the southwest edge today, while sections to the north are in patrol and mop-up stages. Snagging operations will continue today, with the goal of making the burn scar at the southeast edge of the fire less hazardous for fire crews. Fire managers are expecting particularly active fire behavior in the Gobblers Knob area today.

Level 3 evacuations were initiated for residents of the Elk Creek area late Tuesday night after the Miles Fire made a large push to the southeast.

Columbus Fire had an active day Tuesday, with multiple spotfires occurring between the 68 Road and the 29 Road on the northeast edge of the fire, where it is tending to push the hardest. Crews on the east edge of the fire continued to mop-up and patrol, while burnout preparation and line improvement continued on the southwest side.

Today’s weather will be slightly cooler than yesterday, with temperatures dropping three degrees and humidities increasing by roughly 2-5 percent. Still, fire behavior is expected to be more active than recent days, particularly as high ridgetop winds with gusts—predicted at 25 mph—pass over the fire area. Additionally, the inversion that has been restricting fire behavior in the mornings and early afternoons is expected to lift earlier than normal today (around 2 p.m.), which will likely cause an abrupt rise in temperatures and a decrease in humidity. A cooling trend will begin tonight as a cold front passes from the Pacific Ocean over the Cascades, bringing temperatures in the 70s and humidities in the 40s going into the weekend.

Snowshoe Fire personnel continue hose lays into areas that are inaccessible by engines and are mopping up within 200 to 300 feet from the edge of the fire. On the north side, crews are chipping piles of brush that were created during fire line construction and burnout preparation. One small smoke was called in from within the Snowshoe Fire, but was found to be a burning stump and was extinguished.

While the Elk Creek area was bumped to a Level 3 evacuation, the areas of the Tison Road area remain in Level 2 evacuations. For additional information about the evacuations, call the Rogue Valley Fire Information Center at 541-474-5305.

Fire at a Glance

Forest Road and Trail Closures remain in effect.

Fire Size:
16,428 acres

Containment: 16%

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

Cause: Lightning

Personnel: 1,205


Crews: 36

Engines: 37

Dozers: 11

Tenders: 32


2 Type 1 heavy helicopters

1 Type 2 medium helicopter

1 Type 3 light helicopters

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