Fires near Oakridge spread smoke across eastern Lane County

Fires near Oakridge spread smoke across eastern Lane County

OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- Smoke for wildfires burning southwest of Oakridge is making for some hazy conditions in eastern Lane County on Monday.

Officials said the 92 small fires are burning almost a combined 450 acres. The complex of mostly lightning-caused fires is just over 50 percent contained.

National Forest Service officials said helicopters are playing a big role in helping ground crews douse the flames. On Friday, the five fire helicopters dropped 95,000 gallons of water on the complex of fires near Deception Creek.

People driving along Highway 58 will see some of those helicopters carrying buckets from the Willamette River.

Meteorologists predict warm and dry conditions coupled with the winds out of the east, which could make for more fire activity in the Oregon Wildfires.

Wind patterns are drawing smoke from the Deception Complex across eastern Lane County.

On Monday, the National Weather Service released this photo showing smoke from the fires heading west towards the Cottage Grove/Dorena Lake area.