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Monday, August 6, 2012

Morning Update - August 6, 2012

No new fires 10 acres in size or larger on ODF-protected lands were reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.

Several fires in south-central Oregon were ignited due to lightning strikes that resulted from thunderstorms moving through the region Sunday. The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership reported 5 fires in Klamath County and 16 fires in Lake County attributed to lightning as of 8:30 Sunday night. All fires were held to under 2 acres. ODF resources responded to 2 fires in Klamath County and 1 in Lake County included in that total.

Seventeen lightning strikes were recorded in southeast Josephine County Sunday, roughly from the California border to Manzanita Mountain. No fires were reported, however ODF will monitor the area Monday for potential activity.

Red Flag Warnings continue in effect for Klamath and Lake Counties today from 2pm until 8pm for continued thunderstorm activity, and for Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla and Wallowa Counties until 11pm Monday for thunderstorms with significant lightning activity and potential fire ignitions.


The Cougar Fire was reported Sunday burning in brush several miles SE of Burns Junction in Malheur County. Fire is on BLM ownership, reported at 500 acres Monday morning and is believed to have been a lightning-caused ignition.

The lightning-caused Lava Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles northeast of Fort Rock is estimated at 21,546 acres and 85 percent contained. Fire was reported July 23. Fire information is available via Inciweb or from the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership at (541) 947-6223.

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs Office

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