October 30, 2018 4:20 a.m.
With the recent change in weather conditions, fire officials with the USDA Forest Service officially ended fire season on the Umpqua National Forest on Monday.
Cheryl Caplan said that means Industrial Fire Restrictions are no longer in effect on the forest.
Caplan said over the past week the Umpqua National Forest received widespread rain ranging from just under 2 inches to over 3.5 inches. That has moderated conditions enough to drop the fire danger to a low status.
Campfires were already permitted outside of campgrounds. However, people are still encouraged to completely extinguish their campfires before leaving the site.
This year, firefighters with the Umpqua National Forest suppressed 56 fires totaling just under 50,000 acres. The largest fire, the Miles Fire, south of Tiller, was declared 100% contained on October 16th. Caplan said the wet conditions have halted all felling of trees within the Miles fire area. The Tiller Ranger District is retaining some equipment to finish clearing ditches of downed trees.
For more information about the Umpqua National Forest, go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua.