The Associated Press

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- Wildfires in the Umpqua National Forest continue to grow, but cooler weather Thursday should help firefighters.

The Boze and Rainbow Creek fires are a combined 9,400 acres, and forest spokeswoman Pam Sichting says the blazes will cause some popular hunting areas to close.

Meanwhile, the Tumblebug Complex of fires east of Oakridge has grown to 7,700 acres. Radio station KQEN of Roseburg says reports of falling ash were received from throughout the Willamette Valley and one person working on the fire broke a collarbone.

Air quality had been a problem northwest of the fires, but a change in wind direction improved the situation Thursday.

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