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Fire in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua National Forest

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September 21st, 2009 Category: Fires, Volcanoes

Oregon Wildfires, USA - September 20th, 2009

Oregon Wildfires, USA - September 20th, 2009

Close-up of main fire

Close-up of main fire

Two fires blaze in southern Oregon, USA, northwest of the round Crater Lake. The larger of the two wildfires, releasing a plume of smoke to the southwest, is located in the Umpqua National Forest, in the Cascade Mountains. The smaller blaze is situated in the Willamette National Forest, also in the Cascades.

The Umpqua National Forest covers an area of one-million acres (4,000 km²), including stands of hemlock, true fir, Douglas-fir and cedar transition to lower elevation forests of mixed conifers and hardwoods. Timbered valleys of old-growth ponderosa and groves of oak also separate mountain peaks.

The Willamette National Forest, on the other hand, contains 1,675,407 acres (6,780.13 km²), making it one of the largest national forests. The forest’s dominant tree species is the Douglas-fir, although over one dozen other conifer species are common there as well.

Further to the south, across the California border, is the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, where the conical, white-tipped peak of the Mount Shasta  stratovolcano can be seen (bottom right corner).

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