Lightning sparks new wildfires in Oregon

Lightning sparks new wildfires in Oregon
Aerial photo of smoke from the Woods Creek fire near Days Creek (Courtesy DFPA)

EUGENE, Ore. - Lightning sparked new wildfire in Southern Oregon on both public and private forestland.

"This morning we had a lightning storm travel the full length of the district and drop about 100 strikes, some storms with moisture," said Melvin Thornton with the Douglas Forest Protective Association. "Most of the activity is east of I-5. We have one confirmed fire in the Days Creek area."

Crews responded and kept the fire to 1/100 of an acre, the DFPA said.

On public lands in Douglas County, lightning started a fire near Lemon Butte on the Umpqua National Forest early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters responded to the fire, and Umpqua National Forest firefighters are pre-positioned for any additional wildland fires, the USDA Forest Service said.

Rain accompanied the lightning, but a Red Flag warning remains in effect for much of Central and Southern Oregon.

A Red Flag warning indicates conditions are prime for wildfires to ignite and spread.

Further south, firefighters confirmed 16 news fires in Klamath and Lake counties after lightning Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

“These past few days, firefighters have been preparing for this storm,” said Joe Reinarz, Interagency Fire Staff Officer for the BLM Lakeview District and Fremont-Winema National Forests, “They are now putting their training into operation by responding to these new fires as they are reported.”