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As smoke clears, active fire remains in Miles Fire

September 6, 2018

Downed logs burn recently in the Miles Fire, 45 miles southeast of Tiller.

Although smoke has cleared from the Miles Fire, fire officials remind residents that there is still active fire in the interior of the blaze and to stay outside of the fire area.

The 52,841-acre fire, located southeast of Tiller, is more than 60 percent contained.

The Columbus and Miles fire are slowly burning toward each other.

Firefighters are continuing to restore fire lines to a more natural state and working to prevent sediment runoff from impacting fish-bearing streams.

Fire officials said trees that have been damaged in the fire could fall with a strong wind.

A Burned Area Emergency Response team is working within the fire perimeter to assess its effects to slope stability, fisheries, wildlife habitat and public safety. A hazard tree felling team is working along the roads to ensure firefighters have safe access to do repair work.

Smoke will be seen occasionally throughout the fire area until enough moisture can extinguish the heated areas. Fire officials said the smoke columns are usually well within the fire perimeter and will pose no threats of spreading outside the contained area.

Temperatures are predicted to cool, with no chance for precipitation in the near future.

The skies are expected to be sunny Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures in the mid-80s.

On Wednesday, Roseburg’s air quality was considered good, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s website AirNow.

Nearly 270 fire personnel remain at the scene.

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