Containment increases, firefighters reassigned as a new fire starts to the south

August 24, 2018
Firefighters conduct a burnout on the eastern portion of the Miles Fire Tuesday.

The amount of containment went up while acreage and personnel went down on the Miles Fire on Wednesday.

The 34,920-acre Miles Fire has its acreage updated Thursday with more accurate infrared mapping. Containment increased to 45 percent.

Most of the Miles and Columbus fires have been lined, and more than 500 personnel have been released or reassigned to work other fires.

Wednesday, a fire started around 12:45 p.m. near Sam’s Valley in Jackson County and resources from the Miles Fire were sent south to help.

Fire officials said the Ramsey Canyon Fire grew and spread quickly, reaching more than 800 acres.

On the Miles Fire, firefighters continued burnouts on the eastern portion of the blaze Wednesday.

Burnouts planned along the western portion were put on hold due to the weather.

Thursday’s weather is expected to bring a cold front and northwest winds of up to 12 mph. The cold front should cause humidity levels to rise on Friday and Saturday.

A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Tiller fire station located at 27598 Tiller-Trail Highway.

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