More lightning fires have been reported today, both holdovers from thunderstorms earlier in the week as well as from the storm that moved through last night. Over 100 new fires have been reported this week with the vast majority held at less than 1/2 acre.
Of the larger fires: the Battle Creek Fire, burning a few miles southwest of Dayville, Oregon is now fully lined and the fire remains 115 acres. The Hollow Fire, burning southeast of the Maury Mountains east of Prineville, held today at 160-180 acres. This fire is 80% contained. Rain is beginning to fall on the area this afternoon, assisting firefighters. Firecrews will continue to patrol and be ready for any new starts from these storms, and can expect lightning holdover fires to pop up for a couple weeks.
As people head out to recreate, it’s important to remember that even though we’ve had some rain this week, conditions are still dry on the high desert. Check to see if campfires are allowed wherever you’re going, and make sure they’re dead out whenever someone isn’t there to watch them.