Fires in Southern Oregon Triple in Size43.7N 122.4W
The two fires blazing northwest of Crater Lake in southern Oregon, USA, continue to rage. They appear to have intensified since the last time they were observed two days ago, as thicker plumes of smoke can be seen blowing to the southwest (click here for previous article).
The larger of the two wildfires (below), called the Boze fire, is located nine miles southwest of Toketee Falls in the Umpqua National Forest, in the Cascade Mountains. Firefighters estimate that the blaze is affecting 2,100 acres and is currently 35 percent contained.
The smaller blaze is part of the Tumblebug Complex. It is located 23 miles southeast of Oakridge, in the Willamette National Forest, also in the Cascades. Firefighters report that 1,500 acres are being affected and the fire is only 10 percent contained.
Originally, the Tumblebug Complex consisted of 25 fires in the Willamette National Forest, caused by a September 12th lightning storm. All but two of the fires have been contained, and the two fires have converged and are being managed as one fire.
This remaining fire in the Tumblebug Complex has more than tripled in size over the last few days due to strong, persistent winds and an abundance of dry fuels. Gusts up to 35 miles per hour and extremely dry fuel conditions resulted in fire growth to 2240 acres on September 21st. Helicopters were forced to stand down for several hours due to the strong winds. Crews, too, had to pull back for much of the day as significant fire behavior kept them from being able to directly attack the fire.