Poker Fire grows to 15,000 acres due to high winds

Poker Fire grows to 15,000 acres due to high winds

Lakeview, Ore. – The Poker Fire was discovered around 11:00 AM on September 15, 2019, and has grown to approximately 15,000 acres.  Fire suppression resources are on scene actively suppressing the fire and additional resources are on order.  High winds made it difficult for fire resources to contain the fire Sunday but with the predicted rains coming firefighters are hopeful they can get some containment of the Poker Fire by Monday evening.  As of Monday morning the fire has received light precipitation.

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Lone Fire reaches 87% containment

Lone Fire reaches 87% containment

The Lone Fire is now 87-percent contained and remains at 5,737 acres. Today as firefighters patrol and extinguish hot spots the primary control objective is to keep the fire within the current perimeter. There are still some smoldering fuels near the line, but this is becoming less of an issue as the vegetation is fully consumed or extinguished.

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Gopher Fire: Firefighters Continue to Focus on Improving Containment Lines

Gopher Fire: Firefighters Continue to Focus on Improving Containment Lines

PROSPECT, Ore. - Firefighters continue to focus on improving containment lines on the west and southwest flanks. The damp weather over the last several days may have opened an opportunity for firefighters to build fire line directly against or near the fire's perimeter on the south flank.

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Lone Fire: Moving toward full containment

Lone Fire: Moving toward full containment

ALTURAS, Calif.— Fire behavior has been minimal on the Lone Fire allowing firefighters to make good progress toward full containment. Today firefighters will continue to patrol the fire area, extinguish hot spots and improve containment line.

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Gopher Fire: Damp and cool weather allow for moderate fire behavior

Gopher Fire: Damp and cool weather allow for moderate fire behavior

Located in the Sky Lakes Wilderness, approximately 11 miles east of Prospect, the Gopher Fire is currently 340 acres and is the result of 5 small fires that burned together after the lightning storm that moved through the area September 5th.

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At least 95 fires burning in the region, largest at 5,000 acres

At least 95 fires burning in the region, largest at 5,000 acres

At least 95 lighting caused wildfire fires are burning in the Southern Oregon and Northern California region. The largest fire is the Lone Fire in the Modoc National Forest at 5,000 acres. 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 may be responding to new starts and holdovers throughout the weekend and early into next week.

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Thunderstorms continue starting fires on Modoc NF

Thunderstorms continue starting fires on Modoc NF

ALTURAS, Calif.—Thunderstorms moved over the Modoc National Forest as predicted on Thursday keeping fire resources busy throughout the day. Firefighters discovered 17 new wildfires on the forest.

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Scattered thunderstorms produce nine fires, largest near Gerber

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.

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Red Flag Warning issued for Thursday, September 5

Red Flag Warning issued for Thursday, September 5

A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM Thursday, September 5, 2019, for abundant lightning on dry fuels for areas of Klamath, Lake, and Modoc Counties and Fire Weather Zones OR624, 625, 611, 640, 610 and CA285.

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Multiple fires contained, expect smoke from wilderness fire

Multiple fires contained, expect smoke from wilderness fire

ALTURAS, Calif.— A total of 17 lightning fires have been identified to date resulting from the storm last week. Though a large majority remained less than one acre, firefighters made great progress containing the few that got larger.

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Scattered Thunderstorms Produce Multiple Wildfires from Klamath Falls to Adel

Scattered Thunderstorms Produce Multiple Wildfires from Klamath Falls to Adel

LAKEVIEW, Ore. –Scattered thunderstorms moved across lands protected by the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) both Wednesday and Thursday nights, sparking 14 confirmed fires from Klamath Falls east to Adel for a total of approximately eight acres.  The largest fire was five and three quarter acres as of this morning and is located south of Dog Mountain.

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ODF uses specialty aircraft to detect fires after thunderstorms

ODF uses specialty aircraft to detect fires after thunderstorms

Salem, Ore. – With over 14,000 lightning strikes recorded as thunderstorms swept across Oregon between August 4 and 12, firefighters suppressed 88 lightning fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. As lightning fires often start in remote areas, ODF used specialty aircraft to aid in early detection efforts.  

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Fire restrictions enacted on Modoc National Forest

Fire restrictions enacted on Modoc National Forest

Alturas, Calif.— Fire-use restrictions will go into effect for the Modoc National Forest at 12 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Fire restrictions help minimize the chances of human-caused wildland fires. Modoc firefighters have contained three human-caused fires already this year.

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Minimal fire activity will allow for transition to Type 3 Team [VIDEO]

Minimal fire activity will allow for transition to Type 3 Team [VIDEO]

Fire managers are pleased with the progress so far. The fire is currently in mop up stage and containment has risen to 63%. This success shows that the hard work is paying off.

Minimal fire activity is expected today and unburned islands of fuel in the interior will continue to smolder and produce light smoke periodically. Firefighters will continue to focus on mop up operations along the perimeter and will begin removing excess equipment and supplies from secure portions of the fireline. Air resources are available to assist with bucket drops, should that be necessary.

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Warmer and drier conditions continue to play a role in the Ward fire [VIDEO]

Warmer and drier conditions continue to play a role in the Ward fire [VIDEO]

Predicted flare up activity during the day kept firefighters busy on Tuesday. Crews achieved good successes on some sections, reinforcing control lines. As a result, several engines and crews will be reassigned today from more secure parts of the line to some of the more challenging areas. In the eastern section, there are still many islands of green, unburned areas inside the fire perimeter, which take longer to secure.

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Work not yet finished, 'We are still dealing with a fire'

With the warmer, drier weather yesterday, there were several flare-ups during the day and overnight inside of the perimeter of the Ward Fire, where residual hot spots ignited drying grass and brush. Flare-ups such as these are common with the current weather conditions and are a vivid reminder that work on this fire is not yet finished. “We are still dealing with a fire,” said Mitch Williams, Field Night Operations.

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