The Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District tallied about 16 fires from today’s thunderstorms. Josephine County accounted for 10 of those confirmed fires, most of which were a tenth of an acre or smaller and were considered lined with firefighters continuing mop up as the evening progresses. One 3-acre fire near Williams out by Nine Mile Creek on U.S. Forest Service lands is currently staffed with four twenty person crews, four engines and a helicopter was doing bucket work throughout the day in order to build a wet line around the fire’s perimeter.
Jackson County also experienced scattered lightning throughout and accounted for six of the confirmed fires. These lightning caused fires that strew across the County ranging from a tenth of an acre fire outside ofthe Butte Falls, Willow Lake area to a tenth of an acre fire up Keno Access Road East of Howard Prairie Lake. The largest fire in Jackson County was reported at a quarter of an acre and was located up Shale City Road off Dead Indian Memorial Highway.
Most of the fires were smaller than one-quarter acre and all are currently staffed. Firefighters will be working on containing those that are not already considered contained through this evening.
More thunderstorms are expected in Jackson and Josephine counties this evening and through tomorrow.