Friday, July 10, 2015

Ten Small Lightning-Caused Fires Found on ODF-Protected Lands

Widespread thunderstorms swept across Jackson and Josephine counties' forestlands Thursday afternoon and evening. ODF's Southwest Oregon District engine crews found 10 fires on Bureau of Land Management and private lands. Two of the fires are 1/4 acre in size and the rest are smaller.

  • 1/4-acre Board Tree Fire, 5 miles east of Wolf Creek
  • 1/4-acre Curr Creek Fire, 7 miles northeast of Butte Falls
  • 1/10-acre Sardine Creek Fire, 4 miles northwest of Gold Hill
  • 1/10-acre Willy Rock Fire, 3 miles north of Trail
  • 1/100-acre East Jones Creek Fire, 1 mile north of Grants Pass
  • 1/100-acre Woodcock Fire, 3 miles south of Cave Junction
  • 1/100-acre Bear Branch Fire, 5 miles north of Rogue River
  • 1/100-acre Sykes Creek Fire, 3 miles north of Wimer
  • 1/100-acre Taggerts Creek Fire, 3 miles east of Stewart State Park
  • 1/100-acre May Creek Fire, 4 miles northeast of Wimer

A reconnaissance flight is looking over southwest Oregon's forestlands this morning, watching for smoke. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

July 9 Evening Lightning Update

There was continued widespread lightning across Jackson and Josephine Counties this evening. The storms have recently subsided and generally came with precipitation There are over 10 fires that have been reported from this storm. For the latest lightning maps please visit

July 9 Lightning Update

There was widespread lightning across Jackson and Josephine Counties this afternoon. Multiple fires have been reported and there is reconnaissance aircraft patrolling. For the latest lightning maps please visit 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July 7 Evening Lightning Map Update

Widespread lightning has come over Jackson County this evening with some rain and erratic winds. Lightning has slowed a bit but is continuing to track north over Eagle Point and Shady Cove. For the latest lightning maps please visit

Monday, July 6, 2015

July 6 Fire Statistics and Pocketcard Update

Southwest Oregon District is continuing to set new maximum ERC values and record low fuel moisture values for this time of year. Continued hot, dry weather is forecast over the area through the week with another chance of disturbance coming throughout the week.

Fore the latest pocket card and fire statistics update please see 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 5 Lightning Map Update

There was widespread lightning across southwest Oregon this evening in Jackson County, mainly south of Medford. Generally, it came with lots of rain and there were a lot of fog pockets reported in the areas after. Flights have just concluded for the evening and only 1 fire was found in the Ashland creek area and was about .01 acres. 

 Please see for the latest lightning maps.