Lightning ignites new fires in Umpqua forest, Crater Lake park

Lightning ignites new fires in Umpqua forest, Crater Lake park
Crater Lake National Park photo of rainbow July 30, 2014, during stormy weather. Thunderstorms ignited new fires in the park and on the adjacent Umpqua National Forest, east of Roseburg.

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Smokejumpers are en route to lightning fires near the Mount Thielsen Wilderness, some of the six confirmed fire starts reported on the Umpqua National Forest.

Elsewhere, hand crews are heading into a fire on the Boulder Creek Wilderness.

If you plan to recreate on the Umpqua, you are encouraged to check with local Ranger Districts about potential fire hazards prior to going into the forest.

Elsewhere in the region, the Pumice Flat Fire was already burning near the southern boundary of Crater Lake National Park before Wednesday's lighting. It is 25 acres and 75 percent contained.

But new lightning the past two days has sparked more than a dozen new fires inside the park. These fires are currently burning uncontained on about 35 acres of the park.

Several of the fires can be seen from the road. Fire managers cautioned parkgoers not to stop on the roadways to take a photograph. Instead, use established pullouts.