Lightning storm sparks new fires in Umpqua National Forest

Smoke from a fire on the Tiller Ranger District (via InciWeb)

ROSEBURG -- An array of fires in the Umpqua National Forest were sparked on Thursday by a lightning storm that settled in the Umpqua Basin.

There is no confirmation yet on how many wildfires were started, but the number will continue to increase as fire managers use detection flights and cameras to locate separate burns.

There are 42 confirmed wildfires at this time.

The temperatures are expected to decrease over the weekend, but the threat of erratic and gusting winds remains prevalent. A red flag weather warning has still been issued for Friday.

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