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Fire officials hope to get Miles Fire under control to send resources to other blazes

August 23, 2018

Firefighters plan to continue to secure the eastern portion of the 35,455-acre Miles Fire Wednesday, removing green fuels and patrolling for spot fires.

The Miles Fire is now 39 percent contained after lightning initially started the blaze on July 15.

On Tuesday, firefighters worked through the night to complete a three-mile burn along the eastern portion of the fire.

The burnout, which is created using drip torches and supplemented with aerial firing, will create a buffer between the wildfire and unburned areas to the east.

Deputy Incident Commander Rob Allen told firefighters during a briefing Wednesday morning that getting areas mopped up and into patrol status is the next focus, so firefighters can go on to assist with other fires that are in need of resources.

“There are literally teams right now standing in a field like this giving a briefing to nobody, because there’s nobody there for them to work with and they’ve got a lot of fire on the ground,” Allen said.

Northwest winds are expected to return on Wednesday afternoon and smoky conditions are expected to continue throughout the region.

Two fire scars —one from 2015 and another from 2017 — have slowed the progress of the Columbus Fire on its west and east sides.

The Columbus Fire is 10,518 acres and 35 percent contained.

Cooler air is predicted this weekend, with temperatures in the high 70s, which could reduce fire activity.