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New Fires Reported in Klamath County area, 500 lightning strikes recorded


TUESDAY NIGHT’S THUNDERSTORM SPARKS

NEW FIRES IN KLAMATH COUNTY

 

Lakeview, Ore – Throughout south central Oregon, over 500 lightning strikes were detected in Klamath and Lake Counties from thunderstorm activity Tuesday evening. As a result, interagency firefighting crews are currently suppressing 20 fires in Klamath County on lands managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Fremont-Winema National Forest.

 

A reconnaissance airplane and firefighters on the ground will continue to search for and report additional new fires throughout the day. Some areas of the Forest are receiving light rain, which is assisting with fire suppression efforts.

 

 

FIRE ACTIVITY

(8/7/2013)

 

 

INCIDENT

 

BLM

 

NPS

 

FS

 

ODF

 

US FWS

 

 

TOTAL

Klamath County

0

0

1

19

0

20

Lake County

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

0

0

1

19

0

20

Note: The total number of fires is confirmed, as of 1:30 p.m. on 8/7/13.

 

A Red Flag warning for thunderstorms producing an abundant lightning in Klamath and Lake County is in effect through midnight on Thursday. A Red Flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions will contribute to extreme fire behavior.

 

Fire danger throughout south central Oregon remains extreme. Fire officials ask the public to be sure of what public use restrictions are in place for the areas they plan to recreate on. For updated information, please call the South Central Oregon Fire

Management Partnership (SCOFMP) fire information hotline at 541-947-6223.

 


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