Campgrounds Impacted as Ore. Fires Spread
More firefighters were brought into Central Oregon Monday (July 14) to help local crews battle about 60 blazes sparked by some of the 3,400 lightning strikes that raked the area during Sunday’s thunderstorms, the Daily Astorian reported.
A Warm Springs fire blew up to 10,000 acres, while three campgrounds and two forest roads were closed near an 80-acre place north of Camp Sherman. And Monday night, Hwy. 26 was shut near the Wheeler County town of Mitchell due to a fast-growing wildfire.
The rash of lightning strikes sparked 65 smoke reports Sunday and another 37 on Monday to the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center in Prineville, said spokeswoman Jean Nelson-Dean.
And the picture doesn’t get better later in the week. The National Weather Service has issued a new fire weather watch for Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening for winds gusting to 30 mph and low humidity that, along with “critically dry fuels may result in rapid fire spread,” forecasters warned.
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