Miles Fire highest priority in South Umpqua Complex


The Miles Fire continues to be the highest priority of the 25 fires being tracked and suppressed by the Incident Management Team assigned to the South Umpqua Complex, officials reported Friday morning.

Due to the advance of the fire, a level 2 evacuation notice was issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon for Tison Road, affecting about six residences.

No other evacuation notices are in effect in Douglas County.

The Columbus and HD fires are within 1/2 mile of growing together, separated only by Serviceberry Creek and the 2950 Road, and are being managed together as the Columbus Fire.

“This fire will be around for awhile,” said Operations Chief Vince Grace, referring to the lack of containment opportunities within the large, steep un-roaded area to the east of the fire. A drone will be used Friday to assist firefighters in scouting out potential fire line locations.

Warm and dry conditions continue throughout the fire area, with highs in the mid to upper 80’s (F) and relative humidity ranging from 18 to 25 percent during the day. Sustained afternoon winds are expected from the northwest at 6 to 10 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Daily minimum relative humidity will decrease to 15% by Saturday.

No lightning is predicted for at least the next 7 days.

Infrastructure at risk from fires within the South Umpqua Complex include private lands, homes, Pacific Power electrical lines, Black Canyon campground, and the Cover campground. Cultural and historical values at risk include Butler Butte historic lookout, Whisky Creek historic guard station, Huckleberry patch Special Interest Area, and Flats Ranch cultural resources.

Traffic continues to be the most significant safety concern as several forest and community events converge today and throughout the weekend.

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