July 19, 2021 11:50 a.m.

The Jack Fire, burning over the Umpqua National Forest, is 50 percent contained and an increase in area.

An update from the North West 9 Incident Management Team indicated that the blaze spanned 17,994 acres. 763 people work on the fire.

Public Information Officer Mary Nordeen said there was an increase in fire traffic on Route 138E. Drivers are asked to obey posted speed limits.

North of Route 138E, along the northern flank, firefighters have deepened the control line, and are continuing to clean up and secure the control line. On the eastern flank, teams are working to complete depletion operations to increase the depth of the lines of fire. Fellers remove snags and trees at risk to make roads safe. Crews continue to monitor the behavior of fires along the North Umpqua River.

South of Route 138E, firefighters prepared lines of control and burned vegetation to create a secure line of control on the western and southwest flanks. On the southern and southeastern flanks, crews use heavy equipment and fellers to clear and brush roads used as lines of control. The update says crews will also be looking for alternate lines to hook up to the existing handline. Construction of the emergency line will continue with the main objective of using existing roads as much as possible. Fellers plan to remove snags and set up shaded fuel breaks.

Crews continue to clean up and patrol around structures in the Dry Creek area and around Horseshoe Bend Campground.

The places and evacuation levels set last Wednesday remain in place.

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