Lightning puts Douglas County on alert for wildfires

Lightning puts Douglas County on alert for wildfires
Lightning strike map from 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. Legend: Magenta: 0-1 hour; Red: 1-3 hours; Gold: 3-6 hours; Blue: 6-10 hours; Purple: 10-16 hours; Black: 16-24 hours.

ROSEBURG, Ore. - About 100 lightning strikes peppered Douglas County on Tuesday, putting firefighters on the lookout for wildfires.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association said the lightning either hit or threatens land under its jurisdiction.

As of Wednesday morning, crews had located one fire near Tiller. The fire is about 1/5th of an acre. 

DFPA is also assisting the Umpqua National Forest with several fires burning near DFPA protected land.

Fire crews had responded to six smoke reports on the Umpqua as of 9 a.m.

Two fires are staffed by crews from the Umpqua National Forest and Douglas Forest Protective Association. The Lower Tuttle Fire is located two miles west of Shadow Falls in the Cavitt Creek drainage.

The Camp Creek Fire is five miles south of Tiller near Anderson Creek in the Elk Creek drainage.

Both fires are less than one acre in size.

Firefighters will continue to contain and suppress reported fires Wednesday.  Additional firefighting resources are on order to assist in the efforts, the USDA Forest Service said. 

A reconnaissance flight is scheduled today to detect additional starts.

The majority of strikes were along the crest of the Cascades and Calapooya mountains and south of Tiller. Rain accompanied the storm.

DFPA will monitor the lightning effected areas under its protection for the next several weeks, using ground patrols, reconnaissance flights and detection cameras to locate any additional fires resulting from the lightning.