Late Sunday evening thunderstorms moved across the Klamath National Forest resulting in four fires on the Forest. Three of these fires were located on the Goosenest Ranger District in the Orr Mountain area. Each of these fires was under a tenth of an acre in size and all three fires are now contained or controlled.
The fourth fire was located on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District. The Flat Fire, near Poker Flat, was contained at one tenth of an acre. A second fire, reported on Greyback Mountain could not be located. The area took some heavy rain and hail along with lightning.
Smoke over our area this weekend, was likely caused by smoke drifting from both the Queen Fire, near Weitchpec and the Wragg Fire, located near Lake Berryessa. Information on these fires can be found on the CAL FIRE website at http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current.
Firefighters continue to monitor the area today and reconnaissance flights will took place today looking for any additional lightning starts from the air. The Klamath National Forest had all fire resources available this weekend as well as extra firefighting resources brought in from other areas. Due to continued drought conditions, forest fuels are very receptive to fires started by lightning. Even with some areas getting a good wetting rain, the fuels dry out quickly and a small smoldering fire can quickly grow to a major fire.
Please remember that the Klamath National Forest remains under Fire Restrictions. Forest visitors should practice extra caution by extinguishing campfires (where allowed) until they are cold to the touch, dispose of cigarettes properly and be aware of anything that may cause a spark and ignite a wildfire. Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are not exempt from the prohibitions listed above. Persons holding a valid California Campfire Permit may use a portable contained gas or liquefied-petroleum lantern or stove with a fuel shut off valve. The discharge of fireworks is always prohibited on National Forest lands.
To find out more about what you can do to prevent human caused, unwanted wildfires, please go to www.preventwildfireca.org
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