Weather helps fire efforts, but flames far from quelled

Local report

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity gave firefighters a hand on fires throughout Southern Oregon, but crews were keeping an eye on today's increasing temperatures.

Residents near the Miller Complex in the Applegate Valley will have a chance today and Wednesday to get an update on the progress of fire crews in controlling the blaze that has consumed more than 34,000 acres.

The community meetings will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Williams Elementary School, 20691 Williams Highway and at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Applegate Valley Fire Station No. 9, 1095 Upper Applegate Road.

Air quality today was listed as moderate for most Southern Oregon communities. Shady Cove's level registered as unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Following is the reported status as of Tuesday afternoon on the largest wildfires burning in southwestern Oregon:

  • The Chetco Bar fire has burned 184,292 acres, with little activity on the east side Monday. The containment level is now 8 percent. Evacuation levels have not changed.

  • The High Cascades Complex, consisting of seven fires between Prospect and Crater Lake, is up to 72,309 acres, with 28 percent containment.

  • Umpqua North Complex, 50 miles east of Roseburg, has burned 39,529 acres and is at 37 percent containment. Vehicles continue to be piloted through the wildfire zone on Highway 138 East, between mile markers 47 and 53.

  • The Miller Complex fires in the vicinity of Grayback Mountain and Applegate Lake, is now at 34,033 acres, and 40 percent containment.

  • The Horse Prairie fire 14 miles northwest of Glendale has burned 16,436 acres, and is 60 percent contained.

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