Burn Notice: Fires around Oregon

Fire burning in heavy timber and large downed wood on the Jones Fire. (InciWeb)

Numerous wildfires continue to burn throughout the state of Oregon, with a collection of burns scattered throughout the southern half of the state.

Here is an update on where those fires currently stand.

CHETCO BAR FIRE — East of Brookings, OR — 105,518 Acres

Level 3 evacuation notices remain in place for residents near the Chetco Fire, as well as Level 2 and Level 1 notices.

For a coverage map of the evacuation areas, click here.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for the area of the Chetco Bar Fire through 9 p.m. on Saturday evening, along with a fire weather watch through Sunday.

As the winds shift out of the northeast, smoke conditions are expected to be hazy in the Brookings area. These conditions have a possibility of impacting visibility on Highway 101.

The thermal trough over the area will contribute to very active fire behavior late into the evening on Saturday and early Sunday morning.

The potential exits to cast embers up to a half a mile ahead of the fire.

The Chetco Bar Fire has been named the 'Nation's Top Priority Wildfire,' and has caused destruction to many properties in Brookings.

Containment is estimated at zero percent on the fire, which now sits 5 miles outside of Brookings.

MILLI FIRE — Sisters, OR — 13,780 Acres

Level 2 Evacuation — Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wildwing and Three Creeks Road residences retuning to Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice, allowing residents to return to their homes.

Level 1 Evacuation — The subdivision of Tollgate, all areas between OR 242 and HWY 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Beginning Saturday morning at 8 a.m., the fire closure area for the Milli Fire has been slightly reduced.

Significant changes to the closure include the opening of Forest Road 16, the campgrounds at Three Creeks Lake, Tam MacArthur Rim and the Petersen Ridge trail system.

Conditions were favorable for burnout operations through Friday night, and crews took advantage of the opportunity to initiate burnout along FR 1030.

Warmer and drier weather is predicted to increase fire activity this weekend. Fire activity on the west side of the fire burning in the wilderness is expected to increase, and smoke columns will once again be seen from the area.

JONES FIRE — Lowell, OR — 5,579 Acres

Evacuations — None

The Jones Fire had minimal growth on Friday, and was concentrated in the northeast and east areas along the fire's uncontrolled edge.

The fire is currently burning approximately ten miles north east of Lowell, near the Fall Creek Reservoir.

Fire behavior is expected to become more active as the weather becomes hotter and drier through the weekend. Smoke from other fires is expected to decrease due to change in the wind direction.

UMPQUA NORTH COMPLEX FIRE — East of Roseburg, OR — 14,817 Acres

Level 3 Evacuation — Dry Creek and Illahee areas

Level 2 Evacuation — Moore Hill Lane

Level 1 Evacuation — Clearwater area, along Highway 138 East from Mile Marker 53 to Mile Marker 61, the Susan Creek residential area and the BLM Susan Creek Campground, HWY 138 E from Mile Marker 28 east to the Forest Service/BLM.

No changes to current evacuation levels as of Saturday.

With weather conditions expected to increase fire activity and behavior over the next few days, firefighters went on the offensive Friday.

Fire is challenging control lines and proposed line locations on the eastern flank of the Happy Dog Fire, north and south of Hwy 138.

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