LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Firefighters have responded nearly 40 fires in the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership area (SCOFMP) since July 1, according to the Management teams most recent press release. The largest is the Saddle Flat fire which was reported at 3:25 p.m., July 3 and has grown to 5.3 acres. It is located at Township 23S Range 18E Section 26 SWNW.
Interagency fire crews are working hard to extinguish wildfires on lands managed by the Fremont-Winema National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the past 36 hours.
Smoke in Lakeview is coming from the Coleman Fire that was started by lightning the evening of July 1. It is currently 9,325 acres in size, and is burning in a remote area of northwest Nevada, on public lands managed by the Surprise Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.
The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a red flag warning from noon to 10 p.m. today for Oregon fire zones 624 and 625 more info at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/firewx/?wfo=mfr
Fireworks and campfires are some of the most popular activities for Americans as we celebrate Independence Day. They are also activities that can inadvertently start wildfires. Firefighters are urging people to please ensure a safe 4th of July by putting out your campfire and using fireworks in approved safe areas.