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Cooler temps, gusty winds this weekend

August 25, 2018

Firefighters mopping up earlier this week.

The Miles and Columbus fires have reached more than 50 percent containment on 49,418 acres. Firefighters and resources are continuing to be reassigned to other locations.

Fire officials said fire remains active in the gap between the two fires, specifically in the Butler Butte area.

Firefighters are patrolling the perimeter of the Miles and Columbus fires, looking for pockets of smoke smoldering in stumps and logs.

Kale Casey, an information officer with the fire, said the fire is burning deep instead of quickly passing over the landscape, causing interior smokes to pop up within the boundary of the fire.

“Until we get significant rain here in this part of Oregon — and it’s not predicted for many weeks now — the fire will burn deep,” Casey said.

A high-pressure system that moved into the region Thursday will continue to bring cooler temperatures and afternoon winds could improve the air quality, according to fire officials.

However, communities to the south and southeast of the fire will continue to experience significant smoke.

Smoky conditions of varying densities are expected to continue for the next few days until gusty winds push the smoke out.

The air in Roseburg was considered moderate Friday, according to the air quality index.

“Let’s hope we get some rain,” Casey said.

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