Umpqua North Complex burns another 3,000 acres, now totals almost 21,000

Umpqua North Complex public information (Image courtesy North Umpqua Complex Incident Command)

GLIDE, Ore. -- A complex of wildfires continues to burn east of Glide, which is east of Roseburg in Douglas County,

Officials say, based on an infrared flight Monday night, the total burned acreage for the Umpqua North Complex is estimated at 20,924, an increase of almost 3,000 acres from Sunday.

Containment for the total complex remains at 7 percent.

Despite another hot, dry day that saw temperatures climb into the high 90s and relative humidity drop into the mid teens, it was a productive shift for firefighters on Monday, officials with the fire's incident command said.

Firing operations were used to tame a 30-acre spot fire that crossed Forest Road 28 on Sunday, which is serving as the primary containment line for the Happy Dog Fire south of Highway 138 East.

Firefighters worked to construct indirect lines on roads around the fire to keep it from spreading east toward the highway. Crews also worked to build a line around and mop up a 3 1/2-acre fire found Sunday farther south in the Devils Canyon area.

On the Fall Creek Fire south of the highway, burnouts have been completed on all primary containment lines and they are holding well enough that firefighters halted work on contingency lines farther to the south.

Firefighters are now focused on burning pockets of unburned fuel between the fire’s edge and the burnout to secure the edge.

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