Small device making big difference in fighting Miles Fire

The fire is nearly twice the size of the city of Eugene.

Posted: Aug. 21, 2018 12:23 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A small device is helping crews spot potential dangers as they battle the Miles Fire in southern Douglas County.

The infrared camera helps firefighters see in the dark, allowing crews to cover the ground and look for heat sources.

This is especially helpful for firefighters on the night shift.

A mapping team also works through the night to help firefighters prepare for the day ahead.

Overnight, the team creates hundreds of guides and tools that help crews understand what’s happening with the fire.

Crews have made the Miles Fire their priority, as it’s the largest of the three fires currently burning in southern Douglas County.

It’s burned more than 49,000 acres and is nearly twice the size of the city of Eugene.

The Miles Fire was 39 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

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