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Lightning-Caused Fires Burning Throughout Willamette National Forest

Two new fires were detected Monday afternoon were on the McKenzie River Ranger District.

Willamette National Forest
Firefighters continue to respond to reports of over 65 lightning sparked fires from storms that crossed over the Cascades Sunday. Photo Courtesy: Willamette National Forest

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Firefighters continue to respond to reports of over 65 lightning sparked fires from storms that crossed over the Cascades Sunday.

Most of the fires are small, ranging from a single burning tree to less than ¼ acre in size. Six new fires were found this afternoon.

The largest fire on the forest, the Bingham Complex, is located on the Detroit Ranger District. The complex consists of two larger fires and numerous small ones, all of which are located within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

As of 5:00 p.m., the Bingham fires’ total acreage is 265. Fire managers have closed a portion of the Mt Jefferson Wilderness, as well as several trails in order to protect firefighter and public safety.

Trails Pamelia (3439), Hunts Creek (3440), Hunts Cove (3430(3430), old Hunts Cove (3451), Grizzly Peak (3428), Bingham (3421), (portions of) Lake of the Woods (3493), Minto Mountain (3448) and Newport Drive (3438) are all closed. The Pacific Crest Trail (2000) and portions of the Swallow Lake Trail (3488) remain open.

Two new fires were detected Monday afternoon were on the McKenzie River Ranger District. “We are feeling pretty good” stated Randy Harbick, McKenzie River Fire Management Officer, “We are prioritizing our actions, working safely and deliberately and are ready for the days ahead,” he added.

Visitors are encouraged to use caution in areas where firefighters are actively working. There are no public use restrictions in place at this time, but visitors should pay attention to fire danger levels and, as always, be careful with campfires.

Source: Willamette National Forest

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