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Several wildfires are burning across Oregon

The Fly Creek Fire on the Deschutes National Forest as seen from Aerial Attack on Sunday, July 31, 2022.
Deschutes National Forest
The Fly Creek Fire on the Deschutes National Forest as seen from Aerial Attack on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

Numerous thunderstorms brought lightning strikes as they passed over the Cascades this weekend, and now crews are battling several wildfires.

As of Tuesday evening, the Umpqua National Forest said the Windigo Fire has burned 1,200 acres near Windigo Pass, about six miles south of Crescent Lake. Closures to a section of the Pacific Crest Trail and Forest Service road 60 are in effect.

Also on the Umpqua, the Forebay 1 Fire is approximately four acres just north of Lemolo 1 Forebay. And Fire 237 is reported to be a 1/2-acre fire northwest of Lemolo 1 Forebay. Several Forest Service roads, trails, and campgrounds are closed in those areas.

On the Willamette National Forest, the Potter Fire is burning on the Middle Fork Ranger District. A section of the Pacific Crest Trail has been closed in that area south of Potter Mountain. The Potter Fire was reported Sunday morning and as of the last update, it was burning on 85acres.

The Fly Creek Fire is burning on the Deschutes National Forest. As of the last update, firefighters were working with a dozer to construct containment lines around the fire, which was estimated to be 280 acres and is 80% contained.

The Deschutes National Forest says firefighters responded to 13 new incidents on Tuesday and contained numerous fires across the area. Resources have been able to respond quickly and keep the new starts small.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for Central Oregon because of scattered thunderstorms and fire weather.

Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.
Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.