Firefighters continue to patrol and secure the fire’s perimeter as well as repair lines to a more natural condition. Personnel are identifying equipment no longer in use for suppression or repair work and are being moved to other areas of the fire where they are needed. For example, work on the Snowshoe Fire is near completion and both personnel and equipment are being moved to the Miles Fire. Crews will be released to their home units or reassigned to other incidents as needed.
Appropriate hazard reduction for employees, contractors, and the public may be needed. This work includes the identification and mitigation of danger trees next to roads, trails, and firelines which pose a significant threat to firefighters and the public when the area is reopened.
A thermal trough pattern at the coast will help generate northeast winds each night and morning across the higher elevations. On Friday westerly winds will increase and become gusty east of the Cascades ahead of a cold front. Rain showers are possible Friday night into Saturday near the coast and along and north of the Umpqua Divide. A warming trend and stronger round of east winds is possible early next week.
The Umpqua National Forest entered into Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) II on September 14 which prohibits blasting, welding, cable yarding, or the use of power saws except at loading sites, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The restrictions apply to all contractors and permit holders working on the forest including those with permits to cut personal-use firewood. For more information call 541-957-3200 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua.
There are still public use fire, road, and area restrictions. Please check www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-notices (Umpqua National Forest) and www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices (Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest) for current information.
Motorists are asked to be vigilant as firefighting equipment travels down roadways. Please slow down, be patient, and drive safely when encountering fire traffic.