ODF Southwest Dist. has all hands-on deck ahead of stormy weather conditions

SOUTHERN OREGON — Thunderstorms crossing through the region are keeping fire crews busy this weekend.

The Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest District says around 14 fires in its district started because of lightning Friday evening.

Most areas where fires have started are in steep terrain causing firefighters to hike up to fire lines, but ODF says so far, all the fires are small and under control.

“We have canceled days off from Thursday into Sunday because we need everyone, all hands on deck – so that puts us at 100-115 firefighters,” said ODF Southwest Spokesperson, Natalie Weber.

Weber advises people to stay away from burning due to extremely dry conditions, despite rainfall from the recent storms.

She adds that the largest lightning-caused fire got up to about 3 acres.

NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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