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Officials: South Umpqua fires likely won't be contained until September

Firefighters told KEZI that snags -- dead standing trees -- are the biggest concern.

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 10:40 AM
Updated: Aug 3, 2018 10:43 AM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The growing South Umpqua Complex Fire burning in Douglas and Jackson counties likely won’t be fully contained until September, fire officials said.

The complex is now burning nearly 22,000 acres and is only 18 percent contained.

KEZI 9 News Meteorologist Andrew Shipotofsky, a trained wildland firefighter, spent a day on the fire lines at the Tiller Range Station.

Firefighters told KEZI that snags -- dead standing trees -- are the biggest concern.

“The snags are a concern for our firefighters’ safety, as they’re out both day and night,” Public Information Officer Jodie Barram said. “We are wanting to protect structures, but we need to be able to get to the fire in a safe manner to fight it. So that’s our number one safety concern at this time.”

The air at the fire is still smoky, and air quality warnings are still in effect for certain areas.

Fire crews will be upgrading their response from a level two team to a level one over the weekend.

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