Tuesday Thunderstorms Ignite New Wildfires on the Umpqua National Forest Firefighters Continue with Initial Attack for New Starts on Diamond Lake and Tiller Districts

Release Date: Aug 9, 2017   Roseburg, Oregon

Contact: Emily Veale, (541) 670-7248

An evening thunderstorm settled over the Umpqua basin on Tuesday, igniting 15 confirmed fires. Wildfires have been reported on the following ranger districts: Tiller (6 wildfires), North Umpqua (1 fire) and Diamond Lake     (8 wildfires). The largest of which is 100 acres on the Tiller Ranger District.

Due to the numerous new starts, fire managers ordered a Type 2 Incident Management Team to support the forest with initial attack and suppression efforts. Oregon Incident Management Team 8 (Johnson) will assume command of the Falcon Complex which encompasses 5 fires on the Tiller Ranger District. Additional resources continue to respond to new incidents across the forest.

Red flag warnings for additional scattered thunderstorms are in effect through Friday. Thunderstorms coupled with high temperatures and dry fuels may lead to extreme fire behavior and new starts. Fire managers for the Umpqua National Forest anticipate additional smoke reports and will respond accordingly.

Firefighter and public safety is the number one priority for the U.S. Forest Service and fire management. We ask that the public be aware of firefighting personnel while recreating. Be mindful of current and predicted wildfire and weather conditions. Public use restrictions remain in effect.

Current Public Use and Wilderness Restrictions can be found at: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-notices.

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