Weekend lightning across the Mt. Hood National Forest resulted in 40 smoke reports, requiring firefighting crews to staff numerous fires across the forest.
The Barlow Ranger District reported eight confirmed small fires, the largest being about a half-acre. Initial attack teams were dispatched to all of these fires.
The Clackamas River Ranger District responded to 29 smoke reports and was staffing three fires as of Monday afternoon. Hood River Ranger District had one smoke report in the Shell Rock Mountain area while the Zigzag Ranger District had two reports of smoke. The Mount Hood National Forest requested assistance from neighboring forests and several crews arrived over the weekend from Washington and California to assist in checking out smoke reports and to aid in initial attack.
Aerial detection flights and patrols will be taking place all week to confirm smoke reports, look for “sleepers,” slow moving fires that could be smoldering in the undergrowth but which could rapidly increase in size as temperatures rise and wind increases, and to aid in initial attack efforts. Fire restrictions are in place on the east side of the Mt. Hood National Forest that limit campfires to fire rings within developed campgrounds and restrict the use of OHVs in some areas.
Check the story on A5 in this edition and the Mt. Hood National Forest website at fs.usda.gov/mthood for additional details regarding these restrictions.