Evacuation warnings have been upgraded west of Grants Pass due to growth of the Taylor Creek Fire. See this post for a breakdown of all evacuation levels. The fire does remain within control lines, officials said, as of 3:30 p.m.
Many of the fires have grown today, with updated details below.
Fire teams had a day of active fire behavior in Southern Oregon.
After making solid progress over the past few days, conditions Thursday were expected to kick up flames and open the possibility of growing wildfires across the region.
A red flag warning was issued Thursday as gusty winds, high temperatures and low humidity could bring a difficult day, fire officials said.
“The fire will be getting a breath of fresh air today” said Garner Complex Meteorologist Tom Wright. “That could produce large columns of smoke.”
There are nine major wildfires and multi-fire complexes burning across Southern Oregon, from Crater Lake to the Siskiyou Mountains.
The news comes on the heels of several days of solid progress.
Taylor Creek has now burned 13,114 acres, while Grave Creek combined with Ditch Creek fires for a single fire of 7,224 acres.
Some of the recent growth in the fires has been due to “burnout operations,” a tactic meant to burn fuel inside control lines before the main fire can use it to grow.
The South Umpqua Complex of fires near Tiller did come to life, bringing new closures in the Tiller area (see below for details).
This story will be updated throughout the day.