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Miles Fire declared contained as of October 16

The Miles fire was declared as 100 percent contained at 4 p.m. on Oct. 16 at 54,334 acres, Forest Service officials reported. (Photo courtesy Ken Powell)

TILLER, Ore. – The Miles fire was declared as 100 percent contained at 4 p.m. on Oct. 16 at 54,334 acres, Forest Service officials reported.

Firefighters are continuing with safety measures and repair work within the fire area in southern Douglas County and northern Jackson County.

Nearly all personnel on the fire are removing danger trees along the perimeter of the fire and several internal roads or repairing dozer and hand lines used for suppressing the fire.

“We’re asking for people to be patient about the road closures because there’s a lot of heavy equipment and fallers in the fire area,” said Keoki Correa, Incident Commander Trainee. “We have another three to four weeks of work for danger tree removal ahead of us.”

Current road closure information is available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd592136.pdf. The public is asked to adhere to the closure order restrictions for their own safety and the safety of fire personnel.

Even when the roads are reopened for use, Correa warns people to be aware of visibly dead trees and green trees affected by fire.

In addition, road conditions can quickly deteriorate during rain storms because the fire may have burned the absorbent duff layer, allowing water to run quickly at a high volume.

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