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Lightning sparks new fires on Umpqua National Forest

"Firefighters will continue to contain and suppress reported fires today," the Forest Service said Tuesday in a statement. "Additional firefighting resources are on order to assist in the efforts. A reconnaissance flight is scheduled today to detect additional starts." (Umpqua NF photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Lightning peppered the flanks of the Cascade Range on Monday, sparking a 20-acre forest fire and at least 4 other small blazes.

Now the USDA Forest Service is working to track down and extinguish fires started by the storm.

The Umpqua National Forest received more than a dozen lightning strikes from Monday’s storm that moved through southwest Oregon," the Forest Service said in a statement Tuesday. "Fire crews are suppressing five fires and responding to another five smoke reports."

Four fires on the Tiller Ranger District are smaller than an acre as of Tuesday morning.

The Paradise fire is estimated at 20 acres, burning 5 miles west of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness.

Three fires have burned about an acre each inside the wilderness at Whitehorse Meadows; south of Poole Creek; and in the southern portion of the wilderness.

Another fire near Mount Bailey has burned less than an acre.

"Firefighters will continue to contain and suppress reported fires today," the Forest Service said Tuesday in a statement. "Additional firefighting resources are on order to assist in the efforts. A reconnaissance flight is scheduled today to detect additional starts."

Fire danger on the Umpqua National Forest is currently "Extreme."

Campfires are limited to fire rings in established campgrounds.

Smoking is not allowed outside of vehicles at this time.

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