Hand Crews Attack New, Very Small Lightning Caused Fires
Aerial reconnaissance flights picked up at least seven new
lightning-caused fires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest today. Hand crews and engines are primarily being used to fight these fires.
All new fires continue to be small, at less than one acre in size and span across the High Cascades Ranger District, Gold Beach Ranger District, Powers Ranger District, with most activity occurring within the High Cascades and Wild Rivers Ranger Districts. One new start is located within the Sky Lakes Wilderness of the High Cascades.
Storms continue to pass through the area with still a good chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight with the potential of bringing moderate to heavy rains. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest until tonight at 11p.m. due to continued abundant lightning and dry fuels, despitethe rain.
Even with the advent of wetter thunderstorms, fire danger throughout southwest Oregon remains extreme. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest continues to staff fire lookouts and additional fire-fighting resources are available if needed.