Burnout on the Boze

The Boze Fire near Tiller, Oregon, grew over the weekend to 1,900 acres, and fire managers expect the fire to be extremely active over the next few days. The fire’s 18 miles northeast of Tiller between Snowbird and Mud Lake mountains on the Umpqua National Forest. It’s burning in very steep, rugged terrain in the lower French and upper Boze Creek drainages; it was ignited by lightning from storms that passed through the area September 12 and 13. The fire’s 35 percent contained and is being managed by a NIMO team and incident commander Tom Cable.

Burn-out operations were attempted, but firefighters were challenged as humidity remained high and temperatures were not as warm as expected. Crews continued to strengthen lines along the fire’s western edge.

The Roseburg News-Review reported that four hotshot crews will work on burn-out operations today. A red flag warning remains in effect through tomorrow morning, partly due to gusty east winds on the ridges. Resources include five helicopters, 16 engines, nine water tenders, and two bulldozers — with a total of 450 personnel assigned.

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