Firefighters battle 40-acre Adobe Fire in eastern Klamath County

File photo of burn in south central Oregon (courtesy SCOFMP).

Klamath and Lake counties have nine confirmed lightning-caused fires, including the Adobe Fire.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 4:41 PM
Updated: Sep 5, 2019 4:47 PM

BLY, Ore. — After a night filled with lightning strikes across Southern Oregon, fire officials and Klamath and Lake counties report nine confirmed lightning-caused fires. One of those fires, the Adobe Fire, covers roughly 40 acres.

The Adobe Fire burns south of the Gerber Reservoir in eastern Klamath County, the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) said in a statement. It is the largest of the confirmed fires, and fire officials report multiple resources at the scene — including fire engines, aircraft, and handcrews.

All of the lightning-caused fires are reportedly staffed with crews working on fire suppression. Two fires are in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, three on Bureau of Land Management lands, two on Oregon Department of Forestry lands, and two in Crater Lake National Park.

SCOFMP said that it anticipates more isolated thunderstorms through the evening.

"Depending on the amount ofmoisture associated with the thunderstorms and the vegetation types on the ground, it can take several days for the smoke to become visible from a lightning-caused wildfire," SCOFMP said. "Firefighters refer to these fires as 'holdovers.' Firefighters may be responding to new starts and holdovers throughout the weekend and early into next week."

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