Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August 23, 2017 - Lightning strikes in South Central Oregon

Lightning strikes in South Central Oregon

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Firefighters continue to respond to and continually watch for new starts in addition to the 20 fires caused by last night’s lightning storm that swept south central Oregon. Due to the diligent efforts of firefighters and fire lookouts, the majority of ignitions were kept to one half acres or less. However, the Raven Ridge Fire, one of yesterday lightning wildfires, is now 14 acres near Fort Rock, OR.
Spotty precipitation and increased humidity was recorded yesterday and today helped to moderate fire behavior. These slow moving storms are expected to hang around through Friday. Then, warming and drying trends will continue.
The public is asked to be careful with anything that can produce a spark by keeping it away from anything flammable. Visitors are asked to be aware of their surroundings and be prepared for changing weather conditions. This includes reporting visible smoke that could be from a wildfire. To report a fire, please call 911.
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership is an interagency fire management program that provides comprehensive wildland fire service to south central Oregon and northwest Nevada. The partnership strives to achieve a more efficient, effective and integrated interagency fire management program for all participating agencies on the land administered and protected by each agency.
Participating agencies include: Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, Klamath Basin National Refuge, Crater Lake National Park and state lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).
For more information, contact Lisa Swinney at 541-219-0813 or

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