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More smoke likely from Oak Flat fire

The stubborn Oak Flat fire is expected to kick up its heels over the next few days thanks to a return of hot and dry weather to Southern Oregon, but firefighters plan to mount a stiff push back.

Firefighters took advantage of Monday's light rain to strengthen containment lines around the 6,500-acre fire burning in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near Selma.

That set the stage for large burnout operations planned for Wednesday and Thursday to rob advancing flames of the ground vegetation needed to fuel their push.

Those burnouts mean large columns of smoke will be visible.

Temperatures are forecast to push into the mid-90s this week, possibly creating extreme firefighting conditions.

Containment of the fire is forecast for Sept. 6.

— Mark Freeman