August 31, 2017 10:15 a.m.
No new fires were reported on Wednesday on the Umpqua National Forest, but officials say initial attack resources remain ready and available to respond to any new fire.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning from 8:00 p.m. Thursday to 9:00 a.m. Friday for the eastern portion of the Umpqua National Forest. A Red Flag Warning means that current or pending weather conditions may contribute to extreme fire behavior.
On the Rattlesnake Fire, crews worked to build containment lines to limit fire growth outside of the wilderness boundary. The 400 acre wildfire is in the northeast portion of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness near Fish Creek and Rattlesnake Mountain. Some of the fire perimeter is outside the Wilderness boundary.
A warming and drying trend is underway and is expected to continue into the weekend. The forecast is calling for high temperatures between 85 and 90 with minimum humidity of 20 to 30%.
Industrial Fire Precaution Level 4 takes effect on Friday, shutting down the woods to most type of work. Public Use Restrictions remain in effect for the general public.