Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Friday, August 20, 2010

Jackson/Josephine County: Three new small fires doused on Thursday

Three new fires were found yesterday afternoon on ODF Southwest Oregon District-protected lands. Combined, the fires amounted to one acre and were contained quickly.

The Summit Prairie Fire, located 7 miles north of Butte Falls, amounted to .25 acre. A helicopter dropped buckets of water on the fire while engines dug hand line around the perimeter and mopped up the scene.

Nine miles north of Gold Hill, the Holcomb Springs Fire was .50 acre. The perimeter is 100% lined and crews are continuing to mop up.

Last night crews continued to work on the 0.25 acre Sykes Creek Fire. The fire ignited during the lightning bust earlier this week and is now 100% lined and mopped.

A reconnaissance flight is being made this morning in search of new smokes. Lookouts will continue to be fully staffed throughout the weekend.

For wildfire prevention information visit http://www.rvfpc.com/  or visit our blog site at http://swofire.blogspot.com/

To report a fire, call 9-1-1.

Ashley Du Brey - Oregon Department of Forestry, SW Oregon District

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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