(FIRE UPDATE) Interagency Fire Crews Applying Full Suppression to New Starts

Lakeview, Oregon - Over 1,500 lightning strikes throughout the forest were reported from yesterday’s storm. Interagency fire crews have responded to eight confirmednew fires today applying full suppression to all new starts.

As the day progressed, temperatures increased and South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) fire crews were chasing additional smokes and fires as they became visible. Fire crews will continue to monitor, respond and suppress through the day and into the evening.  The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for abundant lightning with dry fuels till 11pm tonight. A slight chance of thunderstorms is forecasted for the rest of the week.

“Wildfire knows no boundaries. Local, state, and federal agencies support one another in wildfire response, resources, planning, and decision making,” said Joe Reinarz, Interagency Fire Staff Officer for the Lakeview District BLM and Fremont-Winema National Forest. “It is due to our local resources ability to work interagency and cross boundaries that suppression has been as successful as it has been this fire season.”

Remember, we are at the beginning of fire season. Citizens, firefighters, homes and other structures are always safer when residents work to protect their own property by clearing brush, trimming trees and removing flammable materials away from their homes and buildings. For more information on how to protect your home from wildfires visit


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