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Jackson County sheriff reduces evacuation levels for Miles Fire

The four fires in the area have burned more than 42,000 acres and are threatening nearly 450 homes.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 4:24 PM
Updated: Aug. 13, 2018 12:19 PM

UPDATE: The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is reducing evacuation levels for the Miles Fire in the Prospect area.

Zones previously designated level three are now at level two. Zones previously level two are now level one.

At this time, there are no changes to evacuation zones in the Trail/Elk Creek area.

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UPDATE: Fire conditions have improved and the imminent threat to structures has decreased, the Oregon Department of Forestry said Sunday.

The four fires that once made up the South Umpqua Complex Fire -- the Miles, Columbus, Snow Shoe and Round Top fires -- continue to burn in Douglas and Jackson counties.

The Miles Fire is burning nearly 31,000 acres and is only 10 percent contained.

The Columbus Fire is at nearly 10,000 acres and is at 14 percent containment.

Burning a little under 4,000 acres, the Snow Shoe Fire is 95 percent contained.

Meanwhile, the Round Top fire is at about 150 acres and is 95 percent contained.

There are more than 2,000 personnel on the fires. Evacuation orders are still in effect in the area. To check your evacuation status, click here.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Crews continue to make progress on the four fires burning in southern Douglas and Jackson counties, but with hotter and drier weather, they’re preparing for an increase in fire activity.

Firefighters are working day and night to secure lines around the fires, but they don’t expect to have the Miles Fire fully contained until the end of October.

The Miles Fire now includes what was once called the Sugar Pine Fire after the two blazes merged.

The four fires in the area have burned more than 42,000 acres and are threatening nearly 450 homes.

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