By: The Working Forest Staff
OREGONLIVE.COM — Wildfires were burning 603,132 acres across Oregon and Washington as of Friday morning, officials said.
Nine of the active blazes are in Oregon, while 17 are in Washington. A majority of the fires were sparked by lightning, while a few remain under investigation.
The Ford Corkscrew fire in central Washington has prompted mandatory evacuations northwest of Spokane and damaged 20 buildings. The fire has burnt 15,000 acres since Aug. 15. It was 14% contained as of Friday.
The wildfires still burning in Oregon are nowhere as large as the Bootleg fire, which reached 100% containment Sunday after burning for more than a month. It was the third-largest fire in Oregon since 1900, scorching over 400,000 acres and destroying more than 160 homes.
Fires that remain active are located mostly in forest land and rural parts of the state. However, parts of Lane County remain under evacuation notice from the Middle Fork Complex, which has burned since July 29 and is at 7% containment. The complex has spread to over 14,000 acres.
The Devil’s Knob Complex located 30 miles east of Roseburg has burned over 18,000 acres and was 15% contained as of Friday morning, impacting air quality in Douglas and Klamath counties, particularly in Chiloquin and Crater Lake Rim.
The cluster of fires has primarily spread in the Tiller Ranger District in the southern portion of the Umpqua National Forest and on private lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
North of the Devil’s Knob Complex is the Rough Patch Complex and Jack fire, which have led to the closure of several trailheads and campgrounds in the Umpqua and Willamette National Forests. The two have burned over 45,000 acres, with the Jack Fire at only 3% containment.
The Black Butte Complex has burnt over 22,000 acres south of Unity and is 49% contained. The Bull Complex, which ignited at the start of August in a remote area of eastern Marion County, reached 6,264 acres Friday afternoon and is not contained.
Officials issued an air quality advisory Friday for all areas east of the Oregon Cascades, as well as Jackson County due to wildfire smoke. The warning is expected to extend until at least Monday, potentially longer.
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