By Bryan Navarro
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — An incoming storm could spark a fire and crews are on standing by. Even though the lightning storm could also bring rain, crews say the danger is high.
The helicopter and the air tanker are not yet calling the Rogue Valley home, but they are in contract with Oregon Department of Forestry and, if needed, they’re just an hour away in Redmond.
ODF officials say Tuesday’s possibility of thunderstorms may come with some precipitation, but we’ve had a few weeks of warm or hot temperatures and fuels are dry. ODF says there have been several small grass fires, none bigger than four or five acres.
Grayback firefighters have been busy outside of state lines. Crews worked in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. Officials say they were called out to those states earlier than usual, and for longer than usual.
As for ODF, officials say there’s no set date when the air tanker will come down to Southern Oregon, but the helicopter will be on the helipad, on Wednesday.