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Warm, dry conditions expected to return next week for Umpqua North Complex

Umpqua North Complex low and slow burn operation with Vale Hotshots, Umpqua NF Eng-65 and holding resources made up of various engines and Imperial Forestry Crew on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in the Umpqua National Forest. (Kari Greer/U.S. Forest Service)

GLIDE, Ore. -- The Umpqua North Complex of fires has burned an estimated 39,298 acres with 34% containment. There are currently 887 people working the complex.

All fires in the complex received showers as well as thunderstorms throughout Thursday. Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity benefited firefighters by limiting fire growth.

Fire managers are monitoring surrounding areas for lingering fires from an estimated 186 lightning strikes for Douglas County.

Unmanned aircraft systems were used to scout the southern boundary of the Happy Dog Fire as well as the Brokentooth Fire for points of access and to gauge the fire behavior. Crews are increasing mop-up depth along the western flank of the Happy Dog/Ragged Ridge Fire. The eastern flank continues to hold significant heat and crews are scouting points of access as well as identifying potential direct and indirect suppression options.

The burnout operation along Forest Road 28 and FR 3701 has been secured and mopped up on the Brokentooth Fire. Thursday, suppression action was taken to check fire movement on the east flank of the Rattlesnake Fire as it progressed outside of the wilderness boundary. Additional suppression actions will be taken when resources are available. Firefighters continued work on the north flank of the Devil Fire as crews work towards completing containment of the fire.

Friday, there will be a chance of showers with near normal temperatures. High relative humidity values are expected through Saturday. High temperatures will top out between 68 to 78 degrees, with minimum relative values in the 55 to 65 percent range. Next week, warming and drying conditions are expected to return.

Information on smoke in your area can be found on the Oregon smoke blog at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has information on emergency preparedness services including how to register your cell phone via the Citizen Emergency Notification System at http://dcso.com/.

Evacuations:

Level 1 Evacuation Notice “Be Ready” for the Clearwater area along Highway 138 East from Mile Marker 56 to Mile Marker 61.

Level 2 Evacuation Notice “Be Set” for Dry Creek, Illahee areas and Slide Creek along Highway 138 East from Mile Marker 53 to 56.

Road Closures:

As of 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 7, vehicles began piloting through the wildfire zone on Highway 138 East, between Mile Markers 47-51. Be aware that conditions could change at any time and could close the highway due to safety concerns.

The Umpqua National Forest remains closed in areas of the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts. The North Umpqua River remains closed to boaters and anglers from Soda Springs Dam to the Susan Creek Campground. The north shore of the North Umpqua River from FR 4714 (Panther Creek Road) to Susan Creek has been reopened to anglers only. For more information on forest closures see Public Notices at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/Umpqua/alerts-notices.

The latest Umpqua North Complex Information can be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5505/

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