Progress Made on Lightning Fires

Lightning Fires Aug 23MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire officials say firefighters are making progress with new fire starts created by this week’s lightning.

Officials with the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest say The lightning storms of the last two days ignited a total of 14 fires in that area. The largest of those fires is the Iron Knob Fire, located one mile east of Applegate Lake and approximately 25 acres in size.

Officials say suppression efforts are progressing and none of the fires have grown since Thursday. While the weather forecast calls for cooler temperatures and some cloudiness through the next several days, there is still a possibility of thunderstorms again on Sunday.

Forest fuels remain tinder dry and the fire danger level is extreme. Hunters and other forest visitors are cautioned to be aware that there are fire crews working in various locations in the Cave Junction and Applegate areas.