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Tyee Ridge Complex Now 38% Contained

4:32 AM · Sep 7, 2023

Today wind blew the wildfire smoke from the Cougar Creek Fire straight into our area. There are no new fires in our area. Firefighters were also carrying out tactical burn operations in several locations which likely increased the amount of smoke seen in the area. Containment of the Tyee Ridge Complex is now up to 38%! The weather lately has been very favorable for fire crews and that looks like it's set to continue. We could see some more smoke move into the area late Thursday when the winds shift later in the afternoon. Have a great night everyone! Here is the full update from incident command tonight: "In multiple areas of the Complex, fire crews took advantage of the previous work on the fire’s perimeter lines. With today’s favorable sunny and drier weather the crews engaged in planned tactical firing operations. These actions provided a clean, well-controlled, slow backing fire which cleaned up pockets of unburned fuels in otherwise difficult to access areas. This work will continue into tomorrow, weather conditions permitting. Crews mopped up 50 to 100 feet in from the fire perimeter on the Lighthouse Fire and strengthened those lines. Tyee Mountain Fire was inspected and remains in patrol status. Work on the Big Tom Fire consisted of removal of dead standing and fire-weakened hazard trees (snags). Heavy mop up 120 to 200 feet in from the fire perimeter continued. On the Cougar Creek Fire, crews continued tactical burn operations along Hubbard Creek Road and Briarwood Road, and made good progress cleaning out hard to reach fuels in challenging terrain. Where the fire has had minimal recent movement, crews engaged in “tight-lining” or going direct by constructing containment lines at the edge of the fire. On the western edge of the fire, preparation for future tactical firing operations continued along with tight-lining where possible. Incident Meteorologist Andrew Gorelow stated “Expected weather this evening will bring 90% to 100% relative humidity as a deep marine layer of moisture pushes in with morning fog tomorrow resulting in decreasing fire behavior.” Level 2 (Be Set) and Level 1 (Be Prepared) evacuation notices are still in effect. To view the current evacuation information map, go to www.dcso.com/evacuations. To shelter livestock, contact Douglas County Animal Control at 541-440-4471. Companion pets can be sheltered at Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center in Roseburg. Due to decreasing fire activity and strong fire suppression work, this will be the last evening update."

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