This week's SWOFIRE poll asked "How are most wildfires caused in southwest Oregon?" The choices were lighting or people. Most respondents chose lightning.
Over the past ten years, lightning caused an average of 53 fires per year on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. During that same time period, people caused an average of 169 fires per year.
ODF's Southwest Oregon District protects 1.8 million acres of state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management lands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
To keep tabs on fires that have occurred on ODF-protected lands, see the Wildland Fire Statistics web page.