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1/4 Inch of Rain Fell on the Tyee Ridge Complex Today, Fire Crews Take Advantage

3:05 AM · Sep 1, 2023

Today, rainfall was widespread throughout the Tyee Ridge Complex, with up to a quarter of an inch recorded at many locations. As a result, fire behavior was less active than in prior days. Smoldering and creeping occurred, with no spot fires or uphill runs. Firefighters took advantage of these conditions and built direct line at the fire’s edge in many locations. This tactic is intended to limit the overall footprint of a fire. The weather also allowed crews to further increase mop up on the Big Tom, Hardscrabble, Blue Hole, and Yellow Creek Fires. Hotshot crews prepared line on the Lighthouse Fires for further tactical firing operations if needed. Ground operations made progress in several areas on the Cougar Creek Fire. They continued to attack and line existing spot fires and slopovers. Near residences on Hubbard Creek Road, Oregon State Fire Marshal task forces provided continued protection and enhanced defensible space, while wildland crews reinforced and held line. Hazard trees remain a challenge on many roads. Oregon Department of Forestry resources focused on identifying and removing those for firefighter and public safety. Another significant hazard with the changes in weather is visibility. Smoke and fog were present today and will persist overnight. Motorists should use caution as sight distances will be limited. Evacuation notices from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office remained unchanged today. An estimated 197 persons have evacuated. No structures have been damaged or destroyed. Via Incident command update