(FIRE UPDATE) Swift Initial Attack Keeping Lightning Fires Small in South Central Oregon

Contact(s): Erica Hupp 541-883-6715; Lisa Swinney 541-947-6261


Lakeview, Oregon -Local and regional firefighting resources have been very successful in keeping the majority of this week’s lightning caused fires to one acre or less. Smokey conditions are currently hindering reconnaissance efforts of possible new fires from yesterday’s thunderstorms that passed through north and east of Lakeview, Oregon.

Since Wednesday, July 30, 54 fireshave been confirmed on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Crater Lake National Park, Fremont-Winema National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

 

FIRE ACTIVITY

(7/30/14 – 8/2/1r)

 

 

INCIDENT

 

BLM

 

NPS

 

FS

 

ODF

 

US FWS

 

 

TOTAL

Klamath County

10

18

5

10

0

43

Lake County

1

0

9

1

0

11

TOTAL

11

18

14

11

0

54

*Total number of fires provided as of  3 p.m. on 8/3/14.

 

The two largest fires in south Central Oregon were the 42-acre Launch Fire in the Sky Lakes Wilderness on the Fremont-Winema National Forest and 25-acre Pumice Flat Fire on the southern boundary of Crater Lake Park. These two fires are in the process of being mopped up.

Land management agencies in south central Oregon are also getting public inquiries on what fire is producing smoke and ash. At this time, it is hard to pinpoint where the ash is coming from, but it is most likely from the Oregon Gulch Fire. Several fires in southwestern Oregon and northern California are causing smoke issues in Medford, Klamath Falls and Eugene.

Fire danger throughout south central Oregon remains extreme. Fire officials ask the public to be familiar with current public use restrictions for areas they plan to recreate on. Information on current restrictions may be obtained by calling the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 541-947-6259 or visiting its Web site at:

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

To report a fire, call 911 or contact the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 541-947-6315. Here are some tips on how to report a wildfire:

  • Provide your name and phone number in case dispatchers need to call you back.
  • Provide your location as specifically as possible. Refer to Forest Road numbers, estimated mileage from main road intersections and/or geographic landmarks.
  • Describe what you observe, and if any people and vehicles are in the area.
  • Don’t put yourself at risk. You’ve done your civic duty by reporting the fire. Leave the firefighting to the professionals and move a safe distance away.

For breaking news during the South Central Oregon’s fire season, please visit: twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo or facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo.





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