Wednesday, July 30, 2014

34 New Fire Starts On Rogue River-Siskiyou NF

Early morning reports from fire lookouts and aerial reconnaissance have identified thirty four confirmed fires have ignited on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest as a result of yesterday’s thunderstorms in the area. The starts are located on the Siskiyou Mountains and High Cascades Ranger Districts. Twenty eight fires are located on the High Cascades Ranger District with concentrations of new starts in the Rustler Peak, southern Sky Lakes Wilderness and Griffin Pass areas. The largest of these fires is the Camp Creek Fire near the Rustler Lookout estimated to be 10 to 15 acres in size. There are currently engines, hand crews and a helicopter working this fire, with air tankers on order. The other fires are holding at less than an acre in size and are being staffed with rappelers, hand crews and engines at this time. On the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District six fires are located within or near the Ashland Municipal Watershed. All of these fires are staffed and reported at less than an acre in size. Lookouts and reconnaissance aircraft continue to watch for additional starts from yesterday’s storms. A Red Flag Warning is in effect this afternoon and evening for the southern Cascades and Siskiyou’s for additional lightning. The forests of southwest Oregon are experiencing tinder dry conditions and are extremely combustible. Firefighters want to remind the public that human caused fires are preventable. Please be aware of current fire restrictions and be careful with anything that could spark a fire.