ROSEBURG, OR – Lightning storms moved across the Umpqua National Forest late Friday evening and into Saturday. The storms ignited numerous small fires on the Tiller, North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Ranger Districts. Forest Service firefighters, working in cooperation with Douglas Forest Protective Association, BLM, neighboring Forests and local contract fire resources, quickly staffed all 15 known fires.
Current personnel assigned to support the fires include hand crews, engines, rappelers and smoke jumpers. Two spotter planes joined the search and have been flying the Forest to detect additional smokes and a DFPA Type 2 helicopter has been assisting in the suppression efforts. Fire fighters will continue to be busy the next few days containing known fires. The predicted warm weather will help aid the search for hold over fires which may linger undetected for days.
The Forest maintains an aggressive initial attack response to new and unwanted ignitions with safety considerations for firefighters and public affected by the fire operations as the highest priority.
Forest visitors are encouraged to be careful with fire while enjoying recreation activities. The Forest Service has implemented several closures to provide for the safety of both firefighting operations and the public.
For additional information on public and industrial fire restrictions, please call the Umpqua National Forest at 541-957-3367 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/umpqua/fire/.