Smoke from fires to the south invades Umpqua Valley

Smoke from fires to the south invades Umpqua Valley

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association say the smoke hanging around in the Umpqua Valley is coming from as far as fires in Northern California.

Kyle Reed from the DFPA says smoke from the Douglas Complex, the Whiskey Complex and even from fires in California has made it to Roseburg and the surrounding areas due to a change in the wind.

People with respiratory problems are always encouraged to stay indoors when air quality drops due to smoke.

For the latest on air quality in our area, you can find it here.

Officials want to remind people to restrict any outdoor activity during times when smoke concentrations are high.

People with any of the following symptoms should contact their health care provider:

  • Repeated coughing
  • Light headedness
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unusual fatigue

The health department says people with heart disease or lung conditions should follow the advice of their health care provider about prevention and treatment of symptoms.

DOUGLAS COMPLEX

Current Situation:  Crews are in the middle of a multiple day burnout plan that is focused on creating a black "rind" around the most troublesome portion of the fireline.  Burnout activities will continue to produce smoke in the local area today.  Meanwhile, fire fighters continue to extinguish all hot spots along the perimeter and within the interior portion of the fire.  Patrol and holding of fire lines continues throughout the complex.  Handheld and aerial infrared patrols along the perimeters are detecting hotspots to aid mop up crews.

Rabbit Mountain - 23,449 acres 
The southwest corner and western flank of the fire around Riffle Creek and Bear Creek continue to be the most active front of the fire.  Crews will be working to construct containment lines in this area.  Crews in other areas of the fire will strengthen firelines and extinguish hot spots.   Burnout operations will be occurring over the next several days to complete control objectives. 

Dad's Creek - 21,986 acres
The southwest portion of the fire continues to burn near the rugged areas of Reuben Creek where fireline is still being constructed.  Crews will be taking advantage of less active fire behavior to reinforce firelines in these areas.  Containment lines in the Rattlesnake Creek, Dry Creek and Poorman Creek areas continue to be strengthened to secure homes.

Weather:
   The seasonally normal weather conditions are aiding fire fighters with the burnout operations. Weather forecasters are expecting a drop in daily temperatures as the week progresses, which will  aid fire fighters working on mop-up activities. 

Evacuations and Closures:  remain the same

*     Cow Creek Road from Riddle into the fire area and from Glendale into the fire has been closed except for residents.  The National Guard will be conducting traffic control at the road blocks to limit public interference with firefighters working in the area. 
*     The Level 2 evacuation remains for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Reuben Road in Douglas County and Lower Grave Creek, Grave Creek, and Lower Wolf Creek in Josephine County. 
*     Glendale is at a Level 1 evacuation.
*     The area from the community of Wolf Creek to Watertank Gulch is at a Level 1 evacuation.
*     Residences in the area are still considered threatened.  This means evacuations could be necessary at some point in the future.  Any official evacuation orders would be issued by the Douglas County or Josephine County sheriff's offices.

Public Safety/Prevention:  Firefighters are contending with the following hazards: falling boulders, falling trees, old mine shafts, and narrow roads which are affecting access into some of the fire area.  Values at risk include: homes, commercial timberland, and critical wildlife habitat.   To date, no homes have burned, but two outbuildings been lost. Seven minor injuries have been reported.

Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased prevention restrictions for both industry and the public. Check www.dfpa.net before commencing your activities.

Fire Statistics:    
Location:  7 miles north of Glendale, OR         
Percent Contained: 55%                  
Complex Size:  45,698 acres                   
Cause:  Lightning              
Start Date: 7/26/13                        
Total Personnel: 2,338         
Estimated cost to date: $ 42,114,023