Crews Poised To Gain Upper Hand On Oregon's Wildfires

Sep 13, 2017

Cooler weather and rainfall are helping out crews battling the region’s wildfires.

Fire crews assigned to the Umpqua North Complex fire prepare for a burn operation at Toketee Falls.
Credit K. Greer / InciWeb

Sonny Saghera is handling communications for the Umpqua North Complex.  It’s burned more than 40,000 acres since it started last month.  He says currently there are almost 900 personnel tackling the fire, 50 miles east of Roseburg.

Nighttime firefighter at Unpqua North Complex fire.
Credit InciWeb

“That also includes about 240 U.S. Army soldiers which are here, helping us fight the fire as well.  And those are from Taskforce Spearhead," Saghera tells KLCC.  

"We had a little bit of rain Tuesday morning, but not really to affect any of the fire, for the most part the fire stayed within its own footprint, meaning it didn’t cross any of the containment lines that we had established.” 

Right now the Umpqua North Complex fire is 37 percent contained.  Saghera says he expects conditions to remain favorable for fire crews throughout the week.  

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