September 13, 2017 9:30 a.m.
Fires on the Umpqua North Complex are burning on 40,343 acres.
A little bit of rain fell on the complex Tuesday, but not enough to affect the fire to any degree. Fire behavior increased Tuesday afternoon when the fuel had the least amount of moisture content. The Devil Fire, the Eagle Rock Campground, and the north section of the ragged ridge fire were the most active areas.
Wednesday in the Boulder Creek area, crews will monitor fire progression and be ready to burn out along established containment lines if needed. Direction suppression and mop up continue on the Devil Fire. Throughout the complex, firefighters will work on suppression repair and on improving containment lines. The Fall Creek Fire and the western edges of the Ragged Ridge and Happy Dog Fires are in patrol status.
Temperatures on Wednesday are expected to be between 80 and near 90 with minimum relative humidity values of between 22% and 35%. On Thursday a cooling trend begins and is expected to last through the weekend.
Vehicles continue to be piloted through the wildfire zone on Highway 138 East, between mile markers 47 and 53. Officials remind the public that conditions could change at any time and the highway may be closed for safety reasons. Multiple trees have fallen across the road in recent days, but no injuries have resulted, Go to www.tripcheck.com before traveling through that area.
Just under 900 people are working on the Umpqua North Complex.