Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June 7 Lightning Map Update

There was widespread lightning last night effecting most of eastern Jackson County. Most of the lightning did come with scattered rain. There will be patrols and flights scheduled throughout the day. Please visit SWO Fire Data for the latest maps. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Storm Sparks Fires in NE Jackson County

ODF Medford Unit engine crews found two lightning-caused fires this evening in northeast Jackson County. One fire is near Vine Maple Creek, 6 miles south of Prospect. The other fire is in the Sugar Pine Flat area, 4 miles northwest of Butte Falls. Both fires have firefighters on scene.

The Sugar Pine Flat Fire is estimated at 0.25 acre. The one near Vine Maple Creek is confined to a tree. 

Other engine crews are looking through the Cobleigh Rd. and the Elk Creek Rd. areas where people have reported seeing small columns of smoke, however no other fires have been found.

Earlier today, ODF Grants Pass Unit engine crews assisted with extinguishing a 0.50-acre fire near the community of Provolt. The cause of that fire under investigation.

June 6 Lightning Maps, Stats, and Pocketcard Update

SWO District is now in fire season and took scattered lightning Sunday night too. The early high temperatures have caused a significant spike in ERC values and a drop in fuel moisture. We will continue this trend through the week with the hot/dry weather.  Please go to swofiredata.com for the latest pocket cards, stats, and maps.