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Unseasonably Warm And Dry Weather Will Test Devils Knob Complex Crews This Week


Weather conditions across Oregon continue to challenge firefighters.

    While the Devils Knob Fire Complex in the Umpqua National Forest is becoming increasingly contained, crews have been directed to monitor and patrol the perimeter as there could be an increase in fire activity.

“Even though we are officially into the first day of fall, we’re still seeing temperatures that are reaching highs in the mid 80s here, which is of course unseasonably warm for the area," said Melissa Perez, public information officer for the Devils Knob Complex.

"The higher temperatures -in combination with the lower relative humidities- actually increases the fire behavior.”

Perez says this means fuels within the fire line are more likely to ignite, which could cause visible smoke in the area.

Overall containment for the Devils Knob Complex is 51%, with roughly 800 personnel battling the nearly 70,000 acre incident.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ 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 (22 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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