Lightning sparks new fires in Douglas County

Lightning sparks new fires in Douglas County
A scene from the Coon Creek Fire, 11 miles east of Rice Hill.

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Lightning ignited a new round of wildfires Monday night in Douglas County.

As of Tuesday morning, the Douglas Forest Protective Association had taken 16 smoke reports and located 7 fires.

The Umpqua National Forest said it had confirmed 2 fire starts. Crews were on scene Tuesday at a 3-acre fire in the Red Butte area.

The storm rained 282 lightning strikes between Tiller and Harness Mountain, with the majority of lightning activity occurring east and northeast of Glide.

Five of the fires were located Monday evening, said Kyle Reed with DFPA. Those fires have all been trailed and are in mop up or patrol status.

Firefighters were on scene Tuesday of two additional fires located early in the morning, 15 miles northeast of Glide. Both fires are under 1/4 acre in size.

Firefighters continue to search the lightning effected areas with fire detection cameras, airplanes and ground crews to locate other potential fires.

In addition to the association's normal fire resources, an additional six engines, a 20-person hand crew, a helicopter and two single engine air tankers have been brought into the area to help respond to fires.

A Red Flag Warning for abundant lightning with dry fuels remains in effect for the Umpqua Basin until 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Lightning remains in the forecast for Wednesday, but the storm is expected to be wet and more isolated in coverage.