Monday, August 12, 2013

More Lightning-Caused Fires Found on National Forest Over Weekend

Smokejumpers, rappellers, hand crews and engines responded on Sunday to ten additional lightning-caused fires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest from Saturday's thunderstorm, despite the moderate to heavy rains in some areas.  

Four new fires were on the Wild Rivers Rangers District with the largest at four acres.  The remaining nine fires were each less than one acre with four located on the High Cascades Ranger District and two on the Powers Ranger District. 

If visibility continues to improve, aircraft will provide additional support with bucket drops as well as flights to aid in smoke and fire detection. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest also continues to staff fire lookouts and additional fire-fighting resources are available if needed.

The National Weather Service lifted the Red Flag Warning, but temperatures were expected to begin warming up again.

Even with the wet thunderstorms on Saturday, fire danger throughout southwest Oregon remains extreme. Fire officials ask the public to be familiar with current public use restrictions.