While it may look like a messy finger paint picture...each ⚡in the picture below represents a ground strike from the last 24 hours. ~1500 strikes in Oregon since yesterday, starting many new fires across the landscape. Pink are the newest strikes, <1 hour then red, gold, blue, purple with black being 16-24 hours old. These thunderstorms will keep firefighters busy for the next few days, chasing holdover or sleeper fires started by these lightning strikes, as well as the fires they are battling today.
Fire danger throughout the region is extreme. Precipitation from these thunderstorms is not enough to mitigate the record fuel conditions and reduce the risk of rapid fire spread. With firefighting resources being scarce, every new fire on the landscape stresses the complete and coordinated fire suppression system. This means every new fire is harder to stop than the last one.
Preventing the fires we can is our first priority. Being mindful of activities which can cause fires, and being vigilant with your actions is needed.#knowbeforeyougo... we hear this all the time, what does it mean? It means call your local Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management - Oregon, fire department, or county office to find out what the current fire danger is and what activities are restricted including activities at home. #Prevention #KeepOregonGreen #Thankyou