A dry lighting storm late Saturday sparked three fires north of the city of Rogue River, the largest of which was the Queens Branch Fire, estimated at 20 acres. A second fire in the Dixie Gulch area is estimated at 6 acres. Fire crews worked through the night on both fires to complete fire lines and extinguish hot spots. Both fires are burning in heavy timber.
Residents in the Queens Branch Road, Pleasant Creek Road, and West Evans Creek Road areas should expect to see helicopters and possibly a retardant bomber in the air today, and there will be heavy fire-related vehicle traffic on the roads in this area.
The third lightning-caused fire north of Rogue River was discovered near Elk Mountain and was stopped at one-half acre. A fourth fire was contained at one-tenth of an acre in the McCoy Creek area, 12 miles southeast of Glendale.
All of these fires are located on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Grants Pass Unit.
Engine crews in ODF’s Medford Unit are looking in the Halls Point area, west of Prospect, for a smoke that was reported this morning.
Thunderstorms are possible in southwest Oregon again today, primarily in the Cascades. Gusty winds up to 20 mph are forecasted, along with a chance of showers.