Scattered thunderstorms produce nine fires, largest near Gerber

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – In the past 24 hours, nine lightning-caused fires have been confirmed with the largest fire being the Adobe Fire located south of the Gerber Reservoir. The Adobe Fire is approximately 40 acres, with multiple resources on scene including engines, aircraft, and handcrews.

All fires are currently staffed, and crews are actively suppressing each fire.

  • Fremont-Winema National Forest – two confirmed fire.

  • Bureau of Land Management – three confirmed fires.

  • Oregon Department of Forestry – two confirmed fires.

  • Crater Lake National Park – two confirmed fires.

Isolated thunderstorms are predicted through this evening.

Depending on the amount of moisture associated with the thunderstorms and the vegetation types on the ground, it can take several days for the smoke to become visible from a lightning-caused wildfire. Firefighters refer to these fires as “holdovers.” Firefighters may be responding to new starts and holdovers throughout the weekend and early into next week.

Area residents and visitors can report suspected wildfires by calling the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 541-947-6315.

Public and firefighter safety is the top priority for all SCOFMP personnel.

While firefighters are busy responding to lightning fires, remember to make sure your campfire is dead out and never leave a campfire unattended.

More information will be shared as lightning fire response continues.

As a reminder, the “Fire season in effect” declaration puts into place regulation restricting debris burning and timber harvest operations.

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