Monday, August 18, 2014

Lightning Starts Several Fires on SW Oregon District

[ Updated 9:10 p.m ] Old Blue Mtn Fire is 40 acres. Crews are building fire line tonight. Crews for day shift Tuesday have been ordered. 

A late-afternoon series of thunderstorms started several fires in the Applgate and Williams creeks' drainages. The largest is a 20-acre fire on Old Blue Mtn, approximately 8 miles south of the city of Rogue River. Air tankers, helicopters, and engines are working to contain the blaze.

Two fires, each less than 0.25-acre, are in the Forest Creek and Sterling Creek areas. Other fires have been staffed in the Grayback Mtn and Williams Creek areas in southeastern Josephine County.