Officials: Lightning sparked Silver Creek Fire

The fire has burned 27 acres, officials said, but no further growth is expected.

Posted: Jul 17, 2018 2:44 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2018 2:46 PM

SILVERTON, Ore. -- Lightning has been determined to be the cause of the Silver Creek Fire, which officials said is more than halfway contained.

A storm that passed over the area June 18 likely started a small fire that smoldered for several weeks before emerging during a windy period with high temperature, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department officials said. Low relative humidity and drier fuels on the ground allowed the flames to grow.

The fire has burned 27 acres, officials said, but no further growth is expected. The blaze is fully lined and 55 percent contained.

Around 125 personnel remain on the fire and will continue mopping up the perimeter and removing dangerous snags.

While the ranches have reopened, the 214 trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and day-use area, and youth camp remain closed.

There are no interruptions to scheduled events, and the waterfall areas remain open to visitors during park hours. Light smoke may be visible at times, but the fire is not expected to produce heavy smoke.

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 9930

Reported Deaths: 213
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah241769
Marion161047
Washington153420
Clackamas82125
Umatilla7166
Union3551
Lincoln3463
Deschutes2110
Lane2083
Malheur1911
Polk15912
Linn1579
Jackson1470
Jefferson1320
Yamhill1328
Klamath1301
Benton935
Morrow931
Hood River880
Wasco881
Josephine521
Clatsop510
Douglas460
Coos420
Columbia360
Lake210
Tillamook140
Crook120
Wallowa100
Curry80
Baker50
Sherman20
Gilliam10
Grant10
Harney10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 52°
Corvallis
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 55°
Roseburg
Broken Clouds
57° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 57°
North Bend
Overcast
56° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 56°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events