Friday, August 9, 2013

SW Oregon Thunderstorms Keep Firefighters on Alert

Oregon Dept. of Forestry firefighters in Jackson and Josephine counties tackled a handful of lightning-caused wildfires on Thursday -- five in Jackson County and one in Josephine County.

The largest was a 1-acre fire in the Hafer Flat area, 3 miles east of Butte Falls. The rest included:
  • A tenth-acre fire near Blue Goose Spring, located 5 miles east of Lost Creek Reservoir;
  • A quarter-acre fire on Willits Ridge, located near Persist, 5 miles west of Prospect;
  • A half-acre fire on Fawn Butte, located 1 mile west of Flounce Rock, which is near the north end of Lost Creek Reservoir;
  • A tenth-acre fire in the lower part of the Foots Creek Drainage, nearly 3 miles southeast of the city of Rogue River.
Medford Unit engine crews also extinguished two small fires near Flood Rock, near the community of Trail. The causes of these fires are under investigation.

The only lightning-caused fire on ODF-protected lands in Josephine County was a small grass fire near the airstrip at the Illinois Valley Airport.

The fire danger level on all forestlands in southwest Oregon remains extreme, and thunderstorms are expected across the region today.