The Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson wilderness is affecting people’s eclipse plans. But officials are concerned about the potential for more fires to be ignited.
A confirmed 15 fires were started by lightning in the Umpqua basin last Tuesday night. The fires are in the Tiller, North Umpqua and Diamond Lake ranger districts. Umpqua forest public information officer Emily Veale says five of the fires have conjoined.
“Some of the fires in Tiller have combined into a new complex which is going to be called the Falcon Complex,” says Veale. “The largest fire on that district is estimated at approximately 100 acres.”
More fires are expected due to a red flag warning for thunderstorms through Friday. Crews will be responding to new incidents as they are reported. It is advised visitors to the area stay aware of their surroundings and keep watch for emergency responders on the roads.
The Rebel Fire northeast of the Three Sisters Wilderness is also burning at 500 acres. It is anticipated the fire will be a long-term event.