Friday, August 26, 2011

Lightning starts 30 small fires on Willamette National Forest, Oregon - 25th Aug 2011

Firefighters are responding to approximately 30 small fires ignited by Tuesday night’s lightning and rain storm in the Central Cascades, the Willamette National Forest said.

As of approximately 10 a.m. Thursday, Amost of the fires are single tree ignitions with the exception of one 3-acre fire.

All the remaining fires are less than a half acre in size.

There are no structures threatened at this time.

Fires reported on the north end of the forest are located in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness on Breitenbush Mountain and in the Crescent Mountain area.

Fire activity on the southern end of the forest includes ignitions in the Three Sisters Wilderness, and small fires scattered east of Oakridge, including one near Waldo Lake.

Fire managers will make a reconnaissance flight Thursday afternoon.

Crews are responding to each report of smoke or fire, and new fires are still being found as the day progresses.

Smoke jumpers, the Bureau of Land Management and Oregon Department of Forestry are assisting the Forest’s hand crews and engines.

Rain and moderate temperatures forecast for Thursday afternoon and Friday should help firefighters in their efforts to suppress and contain the fires.

However, more thunderstorms are predicted, so crews will be out patrolling for any new starts. Read More