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South Umpqua Complex Daily Update 7-28-18
South Umpqua Complex Wildfire News – 22 hrs. ago
Weather and fuel conditions aligned Friday, creating an increase in fire activity on Columbus Fire and Miles Fire. A pocket of dry air passed over the South Umpqua Complex during the afternoon. The very low humidity and gusting winds caused both fires to develop large plumes of smoke visible from a long distance. Deep layers of fuels on the ground contributed to fire intensity.
Snowshoe Fire was quiet yesterday, staying within its control lines. Fire personnel continue to mop up residual heat.
On Friday, Columbus Fire made a push to the south in the Black Canyon drainage, reaching part of the 600 road. Gusting winds carried embers, resulting in multiple spot fires up to ½ mile south of the main fire edge. Firefighters needed to pull back to a safer area north of the blaze until fire behavior moderated. Firefighters have started burning out along the 700 road and plan to extend the burnout along the 2925 road to try to corral the southwest part of the fire.
Yesterday Miles Fire continued to push east toward Hawk Mountain. Wind-blown embers sparked multiple spot fires further to the southeast, across the Rogue/Umpqua divide onto Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and private land west of Buckhorn Mountain in Jackson County. Today representatives from South Umpqua Complex and Sugar Pine Fire will meet to discuss options to coordinate control efforts on these fires.
Increased fire activity on the Sugar Pine Fire and Miles Fire has prompted Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to issue a Level 2 evacuation notice for the Elk Creek area. The Level 2 Evacuation Notice remains in effect near the Miles Fire (Douglas County).
The Powwow this weekend is expected to bring extra traffic to the fire vicinity. Fire personnel are using State Highways 62 and 227, the FS 28 road and other roads. Anyone driving in the general vicinity of fires is encouraged to slow down and drive with caution. Watch for vehicles pulling into traffic, fire vehicles and personnel along roads, and smoky conditions.
Fire at a Glance
Forest Road and Trail Closures remain in effect.
Fire Size: 10,707 acres
Location: 45 miles southeast of Roseburg, Oregon (Tiller Ranger District)