Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Prepares for Predicted Lightning

by | Jun 21, 2021 | Recreation, Safety

Firefighting Resources are Prepared for Aggressive Initial Attack

Southwest Oregon, June 21, 2021— With predicted lightning in the forecast for southwest Oregon tomorrow, firefighting resources on the forest are ready for aggressive initial attack response for any new wildfire starts.

“We have a phased approach in place for predicted events that we’ll use to ensure adequate staffing. Our forest is ready to host those assets whether that be at the ranger district level, or in a centralized hub at the staging area for forest-wide distribution. Our intent is for quick detection, aggressive initial attack and efficient use of the resources we have,” said Acting Fire Staff Officer Dan Quinones.

Total resources available for response include 16 engines, a Type 3 dozer, two 10-person modules, a Type 1 water tender, an air attack platform, a fixed wind recon platform, staffed lookouts, the Rogue Valley Interagency Communications Center and the Medford Air Tanker Base.

Should the fire situation elevate, the J. Herbert Stone Nursery is prepped and ready to become a staging area for additional resources that may be called in. Smokejumpers, SEATs (single engine airtankers) and large airtankers are currently available in Central Oregon.


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