September 12, 2017 9:00 a.m.
Fires in the Umpqua North Complex are burning in nearly 40,000 acres.
The latest update from the complex says that smoke made a return to the fire area on Monday. The most active areas were monitored by fire personnel as they continue line construction and mop up. Fire spread in the Boulder Creek drainage was kept in check with aerial resources. On the Devil Fire, crews constructed fire line, put down hose lays and mopped up the perimeter. Suppression repair and contingency line improvement continues on the west side of the Happy Dog Fire.
Tuesday firefighters are continuing efforts to strengthen containment lines as well as conduct suppression repair. Direct suppression and mop up is taking place on the Boulder Creek area, the Devil Fire and along Highway 138 East. The Fall Creek Fire remains in patrol status. Crews are chipping along contingency lines in the west, which helps strengthen the line and repair damage at the same time. Fire activity could increase as the day goes on due to low fuel moistures and warmer temperatures.
There is a slight chance of more showers and thundershowers in the southeast area of the complex, which could result in unpredictable wind patterns. High temperatures should be between 85 and 90 degrees.
Nearly 950 people are assigned to the Umpqua North Complex.