Thunderstorms Ignite Additional Fires on Umpqua National Forest -- Firefighters and Ariel Resources Respond to an Increasing Number of New Starts

Release Date: Aug 10, 2017   Roseburg, Oregon

Contact: Emily Veale, (541) 670-7248

Wednesday’s thunderstorm produced a moderate amount of lightning strikes across northern portion of the Umpqua National Forest. Nine new fires were reported across the forest with more anticipated smoke reports as temperatures rise. This brings the total number of fires to 48.

Wildfires at a glance:

Ranger Districts Wildfire Totals
North Zone (Diamond Lake, North Umpqua and Cottage Grover Ranger Districts 22 wildfires
South Zone (Tiller Ranger District) 26 wildfires (This includes fires that make up the Falcon Complex

With the increased number of resources responding to fires there will be heavy fire fighter traffic on forest roads.

“The Milo and Tiller areas will be especially impacted by increases in traffic,“ states Forest Supervisor Alice Carlton. “As we continue fire suppression efforts, firefighter and public safety are at the forefront of our concerns. Please take care to drive carefully and allow for extra travel time.”

Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8 (Keith) has assumed command of the Falcon Complex on the Tiller Ranger District. The Falcon Complex is comprised of multiple fires estimated at approximately 600 acres as of this morning. For more information, contact the team at FalconComplex17@gmail.com.

Red flag warnings are still in effect for the Umpqua Basin bringing scattered lightning and gusty winds with a quarter inch of wetting rain in some areas. Lightning combined with dry fuels create conditions where fires can start and spread quickly.

As wildfires progress throughout the Umpqua Basin and Northern California, areas will continue to be inundated with smoke. Information on current air quality conditions around Oregon can be found at: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com and https://airnow.gov.

For more information, visit the Umpqua National Forest Twitter or Facebook sites at https://twitter.com/UmpquaNF or www.facebook.com/UmpquaNationalForest.