Friday Evening Lightning Fire Update
Ten additional lightning related fires were located on DFPA protected lands since Friday morning’s lightning update, bringing the total number of confirmed fires from Thursday’s lightning storm up to 21 fires. Currently, the largest lightning related fire burning on the Douglas District is the Big Tom Folley Fire which is located 5 miles northeast of Elkton. The Big Tom Folley Fire is currently estimated to be 7 acres in size and burning in heavy standing and storm damaged timber. Two helicopters, one bull dozer and 70 firefighters have been working on the Big Tom Folley Fire throughout the day. Crews will remain engaged on the Big Tom Folley Fire through the evening and overnight hours, working to complete fire lines around the blaze. All other lighting related fires remain less than an acre in size with the majority of the fires burning less than 1/10th of an acre.
The following lightning fires were located today (since this morning’s update) and have been staffed:
3rd Street Fire: Located ½ mile north of Glendale. Single lighting struck tree. (Contained)
Rice Creek Fire: Located 6 miles south of Winston. 1/100 acre (Contained)
Olalla Road Fire: Located 10 miles southwest of Winston. 1/10 acre (Contained)
Twin Cedar Fire: Located 16 miles northeast of Glide. 1/100th acre (Contained)
Sparks Road Fire: Located 5 miles southwest of Rice Hill. 1/4 acre (Contained)
Elkhead Road Fire: Located 5 miles east of Rice Hill. 1/100th acre (Contained)
Kent Creek Fire: Located 7 miles southwest of Winston. 1/2 acre (Contained)
Gallagher Ridge Fire: Located 7 miles southwest of Rice Hill. 1/10 acre (Crews engaged on the fire)
Bonanza Mine Fire: Located 6 miles east of Oakland. 1/10 acre (Crews engaged on the fire)
Hill Creek Fire: Located 7 miles east of Glide. 1/10 acre (Crews engaged on the fire)
Comstock Fire: In addition to the lightning related fires, DFPA and Sutherlin Fire Department responded to a grass fire Friday afternoon, located 1 mile north of Sutherlin, near the 1,000 block of North Comstock Road. The Comstock Fire burned 1/10th of an acre of grass and threatened one home. The fire investigation indicated that the Comstock Fire was a result of an illegal debris burn. The responsible party was issued a citation for burning without a permit and may be billed for fire suppression costs.