Lightning Sparks Fires on Umpqua National Forest -- Firefighters Suppressing Fires Started by Monday’s Storm

Release Date: Aug 8, 2017   Roseburg, Oregon

Contact: Cheryl Caplan, (541) 957-3270

The Umpqua National Forest received more than a dozen lightning strikes from Monday’s storm that moved through southwest Oregon. The majority of strikes were along the flanks of the Cascades. Spotty rain accompanied the storm.

Fire crews are suppressing five fires and responding to another five smoke reports. Four fires on the Tiller Ranger District are less than an acre. Three are within the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness: in Whitehorse Meadows, south of Poole Creek, and in the southern tip of the wilderness. Paradise fire is about 20 acres and is located five miles west of the wilderness. One fire is on the Diamond Lake Ranger District near Mt. Bailey and is less than an acre.

Firefighters will continue to contain and suppress reported fires today. Additional firefighting resources are on order to assist in the efforts. A reconnaissance flight is scheduled today to detect additional starts.

The Umpqua National Forest remains at extreme fire danger with public use restrictions in place. Campfires are restricted to Forest Service constructed fire rings and fireplaces in campgrounds. Smoking is restricted to within vehicles, buildings or when in watercraft on water. As always, no fireworks or exploding targets on national forests.

For more information on public and industrial fire restrictions, please call the Umpqua National Forest’s Fire Information Line at (541) 957-3450 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua.

08-08-2017 Lightning Sparks Fires - Engine near three pumpkins holding water