Lightning storms spark 46 reports of new fires in Josephine and Jackson counties

The largest fire is the Bunker Creek Fire in northwest Josephine County. It's an estimated 20 acres.

Posted: Sep 6, 2019 10:53 AM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 4:17 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.-- Oregon Department of Forestry fire crews have responded to 46 reports of fires in Jackson and Josephine counties since Wednesday evening. 

Hundreds of lightning strikes have been recorded in the past 48 hours. 

ODF crews have responded to 27 lightning-caused fires in Jackson County, and 19 in Josephine County. 

Of the 46 total, 26 are extinguished. Crews are responding to three and actively mopping up six. Crews were either unable to find the other fires or they were on another agencies land. In those cases, ODF stayed on the fire until the appropriate agency arrived to take over. 

Most of the fires have been kept small, in total 25 acres have burned between the two counties. 

The largest fire is about 20 acres. That is burning in northwest Josephine County near Bunker Creek. 

ODF will continue to monitor for any fires. Reconnaissance flights will be conducted every day until crews fly three consistent days free of reports of smoke or fires.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said there were 46 new fires. This is incorrect, there have been 46 reports of fire. Not all of them turned out to be fires. 

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