Lightning strikes lead to fires and smoke reports

Umpqua Forest officials say that due to their aggressive initial attack and favorable weather conditions, wildfires have not exceeded one acre in size.

Posted: Sep 8, 2019 6:46 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2019 10:37 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Thirty-seven lightning caused fires have been found across the Umpqua National Forest after four additional ones were discovered over the weekend.

Officials say that due to their aggressive initial attack and favorable weather conditions, wildfires have not exceeded one acre in size.

"Our fire managers did such a good job being ready for that, knowing what our community has been through with large scale fires, we were ready to go," said Emily Veal, Public Information Officer for USDA Forest Service. 

Firefighters are working to get access to several smoke reports from deep within the forest where access is limited and difficult terrain hampers easy travel.

Officials say the public needs to make sure they follow regulations and precautions when having camp fires and lighting cigarettes.

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