Skip to main content

Unit Information

Miles, Columbus, Snowshoe, Round Top Fires Daily Update 8-8-18

South Umpqua Complex Wildfire
News – 8/8/2018

#MilesFire Daily Update for August 8, 2018

Link to Inciweb PDF:

The containment date has changed to reflect the combination of all the fires. Containment is defined as the status of a wildfire suppression action signifying that a control line has been completed around the fire, as well as any associated spot fires, which can reasonably be expected to stop the fire’s spread.

A new Inciweb site will be created for the Miles Fire (including Miles, Columbus, Snow Shoe and Round Top Fires) The South Umpqua Complex and Sugar Pine Fires will no longer be update on Inciweb. For the latest information check:

Community Meetings: The Unified Command IMTs will be hosting three community meetings in the area this week.

Wednesday, August 8: Tiller Rural Fire Protection District, 27598 Tiller Trail Highway, Tiller 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 9: Upper Rogue Community Center 22465 Highway 62, Shady Cove 6:30 p.m.

Friday, August 10: Prospect Community Center, 305 Red Blanket Road, Prospect 6:30 p.m.

Miles Fire: The influence of the inversion which has persisted in the area the past few days began to minimize on Tuesday afternoon. This change in conditions allowed increased visibility and aircraft assigned to the fire were able to fly and assist ground resources.

The same conditions that allowed the use of aircraft, caused the fire to become more active in the Middle and Elk Creek areas. Lower humidity and higher temperatures pushed the fire to the Elk Creek Road and across Middle Creek. Firefighters worked through the night to locate and suppress spot fires. Burnout operations were also conducted to bring the fire down to the fire lines in a controlled manner.

Columbus Fire: Firefighters are looking for ways to use the 2017 Broken Lookout Fire (part of the High Cascades Complex) scar as a barrier to spread. This fire is anticipated to merge with the Miles Fire and firefighters are constructing indirect and contingency lines north to south between these fires. There is a 10,000 acre Huckleberry+ Special Interest Area located near the east side of the fire. Fire managers are working with advisors from the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe to determine how this area can be protected.

Snowshoe Fire: Firefighters continue to work toward full containment of the Snow Shoe Fire. Crews are continuing mop up along the perimeter. Mop up includes locating any smoke or sources of heat and extinguishing them.

Round Top Fire: The Round Top fire is in patrol status. Crews regularly check the fire ensuring there are no heat or smokes close to the edge which might threaten the containment line.

Weather: An upper level area of high pressure will remain across the region through Thursday. Temperatures should warm to nearly 15 degrees above normal with overnight humidity recoveries becoming poorer. In addition, afternoon humidity will trend progressively lower. An upper level trough should approach on Friday bringing with it a dry cold front. This will lead to a stronger period of winds and fire weather conditions.

Evacuations: Current evacuation areas are available on the Jackson County Sheriff’s website:

Residents can check their evacuation level by searching their address at:


Miles 27,039

Columbus 9,123

Snowshoe 3,816

Round Top 154