Roseburg, Ore. -- A fire on the Klamath-Douglas county line is getting firefighting attention today.
The Umpqua National Forest Office says suppression efforts are underway for the Windigo Fire. It started yesterday afternoon in the Windigo Pass area off Forest Service (FS) Road 60 on the Klamath-Douglas county line. Ground and aviation resources responded to the fire actively burning in timber.
The Umpqua National Forest Office says the fire remained active overnight and is now estimated more than 100 acres. It says today's firefighting efforts focus on identifying and establishing primary containment line as part of the full suppression response to the fire.
It says firefighters also are responding to several reports of additional fires on the Forest including the smaller Forebay Fire, just north of the Lemolo 1 Forebay as, "Response capacity remains high with multiple resources staged and ready to engage with any new starts. Current resources include two water tenders, four engines, two crews and aircraft. Earlier today, a helicopter from the Windigo Fire detected a new fire burning a few miles north on Potter Mountain on the Willamette National Forest."
Light to moderate smoke effects are anticipated near the Windigo Fire, and a red flag warning is in effect for a significant part of eastern and southern Oregon due to scattered thunderstorms and fire weather, including portions of the Umpqua National Forest.
A closure for public safety is currently underway for a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) in the vicinity of the fire. Visitors are asked to avoid the general area, including FS Road 60, due to increased fire traffic.
The cause of the Windigo Fire is under investigation.