Stouts Fire Now 25 Percent Contained

The Stouts Fire, which burns more than 20,800 acres south of Tiller, is now 25 percent contained and fire officials are feeling “good” after making “significant progress” Friday, reports oregonlive.com (http://bit.ly/1Pd3fws)

As firefighters conduct burnout operations to the North along Hatchet Creek and to the east near Milepost 33 of the Tiller-Trail Highway, officials warn of smoke that could impede traffic and health.

“The smoke could be a problem,” said Incident Commander John Buckman in a news release, “especially late tonight and early in the morning, for people with health issues or for anyone driving in those areas.” 

More than 1,500 people are working to subdue the growing Stouts Fire, which burns private timberlands, other tracts of private land, Bureau of Land Management and Umpqua National Forest lands. Officials pin suppression costs at about $12.1 million. 

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