Monday, May 6, 2013

Lightning Peppers SW Oregon Forests

A Sunday afternoon thunderstorm sparked 13 fires on ODF-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. The largest of the fires is the 5-acre Yellow Rock #2 fire, located in the Elk Creek drainage. The other fires on ODF's Medford Unit include:
  • Yellow Rock #1, .01 acre
  • Berry Rock #1, .25 acre
  • Berry Rock #2, .10 acre
  • Berry Rock #3, .10 acre
  • Point Mtn., .01 acre
  • Anderson Butte, .01 acre
On ODF's Grants Pass Unit, the following fires have been located:
  • Rocky Gulch, 2 acres
  • Sleepy Hollow, .10 acre
  • Bolt Mtn., .01 acre
  • Peggler Butt, size unknown
  • Stratton Creek, size unknown
  • Copper Queen, size unknown
A helicopter will be used today to fly over the forests to look for additional fires caused by the storm.

More lightning is predicted for the area later today.