SEVERE WX : High Wind Warning - Wind Advisory - Flash Flood Watch - Flood Watch View Alerts

U.S. Forest Service on High Alert for Lightning

Tonight the U.S Forest Service is on its highest alert for thunderstorms set to roll through Siskiyou County over the next two days.

Posted: Aug 14, 2018 11:32 PM

KLAMATH NATIONAL FOREST, Cali.- Eight lookout towers are fully staffed to monitor the next two days of intense dry thunder.

Pamela Padula, a 27 year fire lookout veteran says, "Tonight and tomorrow we have level 6 activity levels predicted, and 6 is the worst thing possible you could have this time of year. Generally they're really dry lightning storms and almost always they're pretty bad about starting a lot of fires in the area."

The U.S. Forest Service says its ready to attack any new fires that pop up.

Duane Lyon, a U.S. Forest Service Fire Information Officer says, "Our standing policy when it comes to new fires is all hands on deck. To go get it and do our best to put it out as quick as possible."

But lightning can be tricky, even for the woman who's watched it for nearly 30 summers.

Padula says, "The problem is you can't just sit and look at it thunder sell because they are everywhere around you so when you're looking hear the lightning is happening over here and that's what really helps when you have another look out or somebody on the ground."

11 engines are standing by with six 20 person hand crews on call.

Lyon says, "We've made a special effort to mobilize and be ready for this and at the same time we're dealing with the Natchez Fire on the Klamath National Forest and so fingers are crossed and we are ready."

The Forest Service is now using new digital maps to keep track of where all the lightning strikes hit.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55810707
Washington38782324
Marion36837455
Clackamas29779309
Lane27744302
Jackson23059310
Deschutes20336125
Umatilla14492150
Linn12911131
Douglas12118243
Josephine9384196
Yamhill8715113
Klamath8020119
Polk737381
Malheur563677
Benton549431
Coos503794
Columbia382644
Jefferson376052
Lincoln319939
Union319549
Crook291846
Wasco288841
Clatsop244328
Baker203529
Tillamook196932
Hood River192837
Morrow185023
Curry180625
Harney113927
Grant100013
Lake93912
Wallowa68612
Gilliam1544
Sherman1523
Wheeler1121
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4850807

Reported Deaths: 71341
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles148419226540
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3673614183
San Bernardino3586775692
Orange3242885562
Sacramento1596362309
Kern1463481648
Fresno1463182094
Santa Clara1455431897
Alameda1206921400
San Joaquin1027761721
Ventura1010381167
Contra Costa1000181008
Stanislaus862991335
Tulare80375978
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
Monterey50911586
Solano46063341
Santa Barbara45223523
Merced42422581
Sonoma40997404
Placer39435429
Imperial36071766
Kings32938325
San Luis Obispo29973333
Madera23955285
Shasta23924352
Butte23818273
Santa Cruz21034221
Yolo20397248
Marin17706244
El Dorado17207149
Sutter13937175
Napa12898100
Yuba1011582
Tehama9534110
Humboldt9269109
Nevada916790
Mendocino766787
Lassen754347
San Benito744972
Tuolumne691790
Lake6631105
Amador547364
Siskiyou451246
Glenn438433
Calaveras391481
Del Norte358742
Colusa307618
Inyo214241
Mono16723
Plumas16607
Mariposa133916
Trinity88011
Modoc6895
Sierra1880
Unassigned1460
Alpine1050
Out of CA00
Medford
Cloudy
57° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 57°
Brookings
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 53°
Crater Lake
Cloudy
57° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 57°
Grants Pass
Cloudy
57° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 57°
Klamath Falls
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 36°
Intense storm system brings heavy rain and gusty winds overnight into Sunday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events