The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team, in unified command with Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshal, assumed command of South Umpqua Complex and the Sugar Pine Fires today at 6:00 a.m.
On Saturday, Miles Fire expanded once again to the southeast, as the fire on the north slope of Burnt Peak reached the ridge top and was spotting ahead onto the south slope. A finger of fire also spread toward Bailey Butte. On the west side, fire crossed the east-west line at Alco Rock. Helicopters and airplanes dropped water and retardant on the fire while crews burned out from the line in an attempt to stop the fire, but it spotted ahead and ultimately the line was lost. The West Branch of Elk Creek is now the primary containment line for the southwestern portion of the fire. In the northwestern portion of the fire, some heat remains in the interior and fire is consuming unburned fuel, while mop-up and snag-felling continues along the edges. Hand-held infrared sensors are being used to find hidden hot spots.
The 29 Road along Jackson Creek is holding the northern flank of Columbus Fire, but the fire continues moving slowly to the northeast as it approaches the area burned by the Broken Lookout Fire in 2017. Fire activity was minimal during the night.
A tree near the line of Snowshoe Fire was found to be holding fire near its top, and had to be cut down to prevent spot fires outside the line. Crews continue to mop up hot spots deep inside the lines.
“Hotter and drier” is predicted by the meteorologist despite some shading effect by smoke from California fires. Today’s high temperatures will be 75-85 degrees, and minimum relative humidity will be 20% to 30%. Afternoon winds from the northwest are expecting to gust to 20 mph.
The Level 3 Evacuation area was expanded by the Jackson County Sheriff on Saturday in the Elk Creek area. Additional Level 2 Evacuation areas to the north of Lost Creek Lake were added, as well. To check the evacuation status of a specific address, refer to the interactive fire map at http://joco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=37b8a655d90f4f82ba35ba107a827840. For additional information about the evacuations, call the Rogue Valley Fire Information Center from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm at 541-474-5305.
South Umpqua Complex at a Glance
Fire Size: Approx. 25,000 ac.
Location: 45 miles southeast of Roseburg, Oregon (Tiller Ranger District)
2 Type 1 heavy helicopters
1 Type 2 medium helicopter
2 Type 3 light helicopters
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Forest Road and Trail Closures remain in effect.