Cooler Weather Helps Fire Crews in SW Oregon

Aug 1, 2013

The Douglas Complex of wildfires in southwest Oregon has grown to more than 28-thousand acres. The dry lightning forecast for Wednesday never materialized in the region.

A view of the Douglas Complex Fire in southern Oregon.
Credit Credit Marvin Vetter / ODF

Chris Friend is with the Oregon Department of Forestry. He says cooler weather is helping fire crews.

"We have a cloud deck in here, a marine layer that's holding temperatures down and humidity up and it should be a pretty good day to make a lot of progress until some time when these clouds burn off. We'll probably get into some more active burning period at that point" says Friend.

Fire crews are performing burn out operations to help create fire lines. The Douglas Complex is 7 percent contained.

About 100 people are still under evacuation. About 400 homes are threatened by the fires. A public meeting is planned in Wolf Creek Thursday at 6:00 at the Community Center.

Lightning did spark several small fires Wednesday in the Willamette National Forest outside Eugene.

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