Abundant Lightning Strikes Across Umpqua National Forest -- Thunderstorms Resulted in New Fire Starts and Reports of Smokes

Release Date: Aug 11, 2017   Roseburg, Oregon

Contact: Cheryl Caplan, (541) 430-5124

A large thunderstorm settled on the Umpqua basin Thursday producing abundant lightning strikes across the Umpqua National Forest. The number of new starts reported will continue to increase. Fire managers will use detection flights and detection cameras to locate new fires. Initial attack on fires in areas of steep, rugged terrain remains a challenge for firefighters. Fire managers are working together to move resources throughout the Umpqua National Forest to address new and existing fires.

Forty-two confirmed wildfires at a glance:

Ranger District Confirmed Wildfires
Diamond Lake 22
North Umpqua 5
Tiller 15 (includes fires within the Falcon Complex)
Cottage Grove 0

Red flag weather warning continue through Friday. Temperatures are expected to decrease Saturday with a cold front entering the Umpqua basin. However, that brings threat of erratic and gusty winds.

Umpqua Forest fire managers are working with partners such as Douglas Forest Protective Association to locate and suppress fires.

Already there is a heavy demand on firefighting resources with the numerous fires on the Umpqua National Forest and across Oregon. We ask the public’s help in making sure you follow current Public Use Restrictions that are in place. Every fire that is prevented on the forest protects our communities, resources and helps firefighters to remain available, rested and safe.

Smoking is prohibited except within a closed vehicle or building or in a boat on water. Dispose of matches and smoking material in a metal container, not the ground. Campfires are limited to fire rings within designated campgrounds.

Information about the fires within the Falcon Complex on the Tiller Ranger District can be found on InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5484

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

Map showing where lightning struck the ground on August 9 through August 11 for the Umpqua National Forest (7,472 KB PDF)

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