Update on Scattered Thunderstorms over South Central Oregon

Update on recent fire activity across the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP).

Today fire suppression resources continue to respond to new fires caused by to the recent lightning over South Central Oregon.  Multiple new incidents have been reported but are not yet confirmed. There are 17 confirmed new fires as of today bringing the total number of from nine to 26 over the past two days.  The majority of the fires range from 1/10 of an acre to 6 acres in size. Below is an update on the current number of fires that have been confirmed over the last few days by agency.

All fires are currently staffed, and crews are actively suppressing each fire.

·         Fremont-Winema National Forest – nine confirmed fire.

·         Bureau of Land Management – six confirmed fires.

·         Oregon Department of Forestry – six confirmed fires.

·         Crater Lake National Park – five confirmed fires.

The Adobe Fire, the largest of the fires, is currently holding at 93 acres. Fire suppression resources worked through the night holding this incident to its current size and will continue to strengthen containment lines and patrolling the fires edge for hotspots.

Depending on the amount of moisture associated with the thunderstorms and the vegetation types on the ground, it can take several days for the smoke to become visible from a lightning-caused wildfire. Firefighters refer to these fires as “holdovers.” Firefighters may be responding to new starts and holdovers throughout the weekend and early into next week.

Area residents and visitors can report suspected wildfires by calling the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 541-947-6315.

Public and firefighter safety is the top priority for all SCOFMP personnel.

While firefighters are busy responding to lightning fires, remember to make sure your campfire is dead out and never leave a campfire unattended.

More information will be shared as lightning fire response continues.

As a reminder, the “Fire season in effect” declaration puts into place regulation restricting debris burning and timber harvest operations.