Winds will challenge fire crews around the state

 

Oregon fire crews will have to battle gusty winds Wednesday while getting a handle on four major wildfires all across the state.

The Stouts Fire, burning south of Roseburg, is currently the state’s largest fire. Officials say the cause of the fire remains under investigation since it sparked on July 30.

Since then, over 17,000 acres of timber have burned. With only 10 percent containment, there is a large area that firefighters will be working on under very gusty conditions. Afternoon winds gusts are expected to be between 23 and 25 mph from the northwest. High winds make a fire very dangerous.

Staying in southern Oregon and just to the east of the Stouts Fire, the Potter Mountain Complex has burned roughly 136 acres since it was ignited by lightning on Aug. 1. At last update, there is no containment to this wildfire. Wednesday winds are expected to be from the northwest and gusting to 25 mph.

Just east of Roseburg, the Cable Crossing Fire has been burning for over a week. Fire crews have been able to get 40 percent containment on the blaze. Winds will be a challenge for fire fighters today, with gusts expected to reach 25 mph out of the northwest.

The final major fire in Oregon is the Phillips Creek Fire located in northeast Oregon. The fire is growing quickly, currently at over 1,500 acres since it began last Sunday. Mostly sunny, hot and dry conditions coupled with wind gusts from the west at 25 mph will make fighting the fire challenging.

Over 20,000 acres of the state are burning between these four fires.

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