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Clearer Air Around Devils Knob Complex Means More Air Attacks Against Fires


Recent rains have helped crews tackling Oregon wildfires, including the Devils Knob Fire Complex in Douglas County.

In today’s briefing, Joel Peters, Operations Section Chief trainee for the fire, said between a quarter inch to one-tenth of an inch of rain fell across the affected regions.

Credit Devils Knob Facebook page.
Operations Section Chief trainee for the Devils Knob Complex, Joel Peters, giving today's briefing.

“Aviation operations hopefully today, with this precip we’ll get some clearer air up at some of these higher elevations, be able to utilize some of our aircraft," said Peters. 

"We still have about the same complement, heavy helicopters and light helicopters in our air attack. So hopefully we’ll be able to get those resources up there today as well, and be able to do some of that bucket work as needed.”

Peters added that crews are carrying out burning operations to deprive the fire of fuel. But much will depend on favorable weather conditions continuing across the Devils Knob Fire Complex which is near 64,000 acres and is 35% contained.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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