Southwest Oregon— Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest officials tell Newswatch 12 they have responded to the Obrien Fire, which is a new fire on the Siskiyou Mountain Ranger District.
Overnight, that fire brought the total number of fires from this storm to 12. The Obrien Fire is a total of 1/10 of an acre and is controlled.
Firefighters anticipate fires will continue to be found as holdover lightning strikes begin to smoke in response to the hot and dry weather.
Aerial and ground resources are being used to holdover lightning fires.
The National Weather Service also issued a Red Flag Warning for August 1 for lightning, high fire danger and gusty thunderstorm winds, which could contribute to fire spreading.
This Red Flag Warning covers much of Southern Oregon and thunderstorms are predicted as RRSNF fire managers were able to acquire resources early to be prepared for the fires that occurred.
Partner agencies include the Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management State Office and the USFS Regional Office.
They have worked to make the aggressive fire fight a success.
The Maple Dell Fire is one fire that is holding at 10 acres. The Swan Fire which is holding at one acre.Firefighters will continue to work on fire lines and mop up to work towards control of these fires.
“The Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest's goal is to keep these fires small and to extinguish them early to prevent the negative impacts that can occur from larger fires,” says James Courtright, District Ranger, Siskiyou Mountain Ranger District.
The RRSNF will be hosting a Type 2 Incident Management team from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.
NICC helps to locate firefighting resources to best meet the needs in the region.
Frequently, pre-positioned resources come from all over the country, taking a few days to assemble.
The nation is currently in a Preparedness Level 5, meaning that most firefighting resources are deployed and that it may be difficult to find needed resources.
This team is not a RRSNF resource, but is placed here to be in a location that they are available to respond quickly to the location and agency that needs them most.
EXTREME fire danger exists throughout the RRSNF and Southern Oregon. Low humidity, excessive heat and stronger than normal winds could quickly cause a fire to spread if left unattended.
Campfires and other open flames are not permitted on the RRSNF and many areas in Southern Oregon. If you see smoke, report it by calling 9-1-1.