New wildfires flare up as crews contain other July blazes

New wildfires flare up as crews contain other July blazes
Fire crews have made progress, but new rounds of lightning are in the forecast for this week.

EUGENE, Ore. - Wildfire managers continue to contain large fires while moving crews to respond to new fires, as the threat of more lightning looms this week.

The National Weather Service said there is a chance of scattered thunderstorms across the Cascades from Mount Hood south beyond Willamette Pass.

And most of southern Oregon remains under a Red Flag warning, which means conditions are prime for new wildfires to ignite and rapidly spread.

The Oregon Department of Forestry said firefighters responded Monday evening around 6:30 p.m. to the Reeves Creek Fire, 25 miles southwest of Grants Pass.

Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night around the fire, estimated at 200 to 250 acres. As of Tuesday morning, fireline encircled 70 percent of the fire’s perimeter. 

Seven homes are in or on the edge of the fire’s footprint, but none was burned.

Dozens of other homes are located near the fire. The structures are being protected by firefighters from local city and rual fire departments. No evacuations were necessary.

The cause is under investigation.

Firefighters also completed containment of the Ferguson Fire, which burned 200 acres on private lands 30 miles east of the community of Klamath Falls.

Elsewhere in Oregon, fire crews from state and federal agencies are managing several new and large fires.

The Pumice Flat fire is burning two miles from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park. The fire, reported just after 11 a.m. Monday, is believed to be lightning hold-over fire from lightning received the week before. Wildfires can smolder in stumps, roots or brush for days before flaring up and spreading.

Other fires burning in Oregon:

Kitten Complex - 22,700 acres, 80 percent contained.

Camp Creek Fire - 6,274 acres, 100 percent contained.

Bridge 99 Complex – 5,699 acres, 88 percent contained.

Ochoco Complex – 10,004 acres, 94 percent contained.

Bingham Complex – 452 acres, 50 percent contained.

Hurricane Creek Fire – 502 acres, 20 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex – 395,747 acres, 98 percent contained.

Center Fire – 2,515 acres, 99 percent contained.

Logging Unit Fires – 10,440 acres, 80 percent contained.

Shaniko Butte Fire – 42,044 acres, 85 percent contained.