Fire crews are currently responding to 13 new fires on the Rogue River-SiskiyouNational Forest that were sparked by last night’s lightning storm. As of noon today, 12 fires were reported on the High Cascade Ranger District and one on the Wild Rivers Ranger District.
The U.S. Forest Service anticipated this storm and positioned people and engines to respond to reported smokes. Some areas of the Forest are receiving light rain, which is assisting with fire suppression efforts. A detection flight is also planned later today when heavy clouds lift.
A Red Flag warning for thunderstorms producing abundant lightning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is in effect through midnight on Thursday.
Fire danger throughout southwest Oregon remains extreme. Fire officials ask the public to be familiar with current public use restrictions.