Lightning strikes start at least 11 fires in Douglas County

Multiple small fires started throughout Western Oregon from afternoon thunderstorms rolling through the area.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 11:37 PM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 11:04 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- After multiple thunderstorms blew through Lane and Douglas counties, the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) reports 11 lightning fires started in their Douglas District.

Three fires were contained by Thursday night and were being mopped up by crews.

The Kelly Creek Fire northeast of Glide burned one-fourth of an acre. The Green Mountain Fire located near Azalea burned one-tenth of an acre. The Sam Creek Fire northeast of Tiller burned one-half of an acre with one structure threatened

The Bullock number one and number two fires were still being suppressed by crews just east of Tiller Thursday night.

Overnight, officials said they located seven new fires.

The Big Tom Folley Fire, about five miles northeast of Elkton, is estimated to be 3 acres in size and is burning in heavy standing and storm-damaged timber. Additional resources are on their way to help fight the fire.

About nine miles northeast of Myrtle Creek, the Slide Creek Fire is burning about one-tenth of an acre.

Officials said the Milepost 3 Fire is burning off South Myrtle Road three miles east of Myrtle Creek. It's estimated to be half an acre in size. Additional resources are on their way.

In the South Deer Creek Fire, eight miles southeast of Roseburg, officials said a tree caught fire after being struck by lightning. The fire is now being mopped up. 

The Dawson Road Fire about three miles southeast of Roseburg is about one-tenth of an acre, officials said. Crews worked overnight on the fire and will check on it today.

Officials said the Little River Fire is burning about nine miles east of Glide. It's estimated to be one-tenth of an acre.

Lastly, the Oak Hill Road Fire is burning about five miles southwest of Sutherlin, officials said. Crews are on scene. It's estimated to be one-hundredth of an acre in size. 

Additional lightning-caused fires are expected to be located as the day progresses, DFPA said. Additional crews and engines form neighboring districts have been ordered to help with the fires.

DFPA also assisted the southwest division of Oregon Department of Forestry with two fires near the Douglas County and Jackson County lines, the Tunnel Fire that burned one-forth of an acre south of Glendale, and they are still assisting the Riffle Creek Fire which has burned one-tenth of an acre.

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