With lightning in forecast, Umpqua NF crews on lookout for new wildfires

With lightning in forecast, Umpqua NF crews on lookout for new wildfires

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Crews responded to 5 wildfires on the Umpqua National Forest on Sunday.

Firefighters held all of the fires to 1/10 of an acre.

Fire officials said preparation and increased resources helped them quickly contain the fires.

It's been a busy but succesful week since last week's lightning.

"We've had a total overall 65 fires on the forest since last Monday when we first had our initial lightning round," said Dennis Darling with the Umpqua National Forest. "The total acres have only been 15 acres roughly for the 65 fires. Our largest fire was only three acres in size."

With the area under a red flag warning, crews are on the lookout for more potential fires.

Fire officials said there is the potential for lightning in the umpqua basin until 11 o'clock Monday, and the expected winds could cause new fires to grow rapidly.