(FIRE UPDATE) Interagency Fire Crew Successfully Contained Most Lightning Fires to Less than an Acre; Continue to Look For Holderover Fires

Contact(s): Erica Hupp 541-883-6715; Lisa Swinney 541-947-6162


Lakeview, Oregon - Firefighters have been busy chasing smokes and putting out fires started by a series of lightning storms that have passed over south central Oregon on July 1 and 2. To date, approximately 46 new fire starts associated with storms have been contained at an acre or less, except for the 5-acre Saddle Flat and 62-acre Algoma fires.

The Saddle Flat Fire, located northeast of Fort Rock, Oregon, is on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District and currently in the mop up stage. The Algoma Fire, which is being managed by the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership Type III Incident Management Team, is 70% contained. The fire islocated six miles north of Klamath Falls, Oregon, off of Highway 97 andburning on private land.

“Cooperation between all fire suppression organizations in south central Oregon has been the key to keeping new starts small in size.” said Joe Reinarz, Interagency Fire Staff Officer for the BLM Lakeview District and Fremont-Winema National Forest. “Interagency fire crews continue to be busy looking for lightning holdovers.”

FIRE ACTIVITY

(7-1-14 to 7-6-14)

 INCIDENT

 BLM

 NPS

 FS

 ODF

 US FWS

TOTAL

Klamath County

0

0

15

8

0

23

Lake County

11

0

8

4

0

23

TOTAL

11

0

23

12

0

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The total number of fires is confirmed, as of 1:30 a.m. on 7/6/14

While the latest fires in south central Oregon were lightning-caused, many wildfires are caused by people. Interagency fire crews have responded to 30 human-caused fires burning 1451.75 acres, so far this year. Everyone has the responsibility to prevent wildfires. The public can help prevent these unwanted fires by following some simple guidelines:

  • Do not leave campfires unattended.
  • Be sure to completely put out campfires, leaving the site cold to the touch. 
  • Make sure lighting and heating devices are cool before refueling.
  • Ensure cigarettes, cigars and tobacco pipes are fully extinguished when not in use.
  • Use caution when operating vehicles in close proximity to vegetation.
  • Spark arresting devices must be properly installed and maintained on all internal combustion engines.
  • Always abide by state and federal campfire restrictions

To report a fire, call 911 or contact the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center (LIFC) at 541-947-6315. Information on current public use restrictions may be obtained by calling 541-947-6259 or visiting LIFC’s Web site at:

http://www.scofmp.org/lifc.shtml

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