August 11, 2017 11:10 a.m.
There are now 75 active wildfires on the Umpqua National Forest.
Emily Veale says there are an additional 52 smoke reports as well. Limited firefighting resources continue to be fluid between fires which have been contained to those that need support. Veale says there are fires that remain unstaffed. Fire managers have prioritized each fire with those near residences and private property as having the highest priority. Crews with the Douglas Forest Protective Association are helping with fire detection and fire suppression support. Additional smoke reports are anticipated during the weekend.
A Level 1”Ready” Evacuation Notice remains in effect for the Dry Creek area while a Level 2 ”Set” Evacuation Notice is still in place for the Moore Hill area east of Steamboat. The nearby Falls Creek Fire was listed as being 75 acres as of mid-morning on Saturday.
A Type 1 Interagency Management Team will be arriving on Sunday to assume command of the Umpqua North Complex which will include multiple fires on the Diamond Lake and North Umpqua ranger districts. Another team is still managing the Falcon Complex on the Tiller Ranger District.
Those planning to travel on Highway 138E in the area of the fires should use www.tripcheck.com before they begin their trip. Motorists should expect a high level of traffic moving across the forest and on Highway 138E and plan for additional driving time to get through the area.