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





Monday, August 23, 2010

White Lightning and Oak Flat updates

Source: NW Coordinating Center and InciWeb

The White Lightning Fire burning on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands is currently estimated at 24,397 acres and 10 percent contained Monday, according to the NW Coordinating Center. The complex fire includes the Youther, Island Rim, Johnson Lake, Laughlin Hills, and Youth Spot fires, burning on Warm Springs Agency lands. Numerous scattered residences are throughout fire areas. Concerns have also been expressed about the Johnson Lake and Island Rib fires moving towards the Kah-nee-ta Resort. Deschutes River closed to rafting from Warm Springs to Maupin. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2075/


The Oak Flat fire continues to burn in the Rogue River National Forest in Josephine County two miles northeast of the junction of the Illinois River and Briggs Creek, about 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass. The fire is currently estimated at 3,305 acres and is 55 percent contained. Cause of the fire, which is under the command of a federal Oregon-California (ORCA) incident management team, is under investigation. No private lands or structures are immediately threatened by this fire. A road, trail, and campground closure is still in effect. Updates on the fire are available through InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2066/

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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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