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Tuesday fire update - lightning in forecast

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Of the six fires burning in Southern Oregon, only two of them are 2% contained. The others are growing rapidly every day with no hope for containment in the near future.

The Labrador fire which is nearest us is 15 miles away, partially in a severely rugged wilderness area which is hampering access by firefighters.

Officials are telling us that it is likely to burn until the rains come (maybe September, October).

The entire area is under warning for high winds and dry lightning storms starting tonight through Thursday, with little or no rain expected.

Different times during of the day, when the winds blow from the right (wrong?) direction, our air quality becomes extremely hazardous. People with breathing problems are advised to stay inside and use masks if venturing outdoors.

If you've ever gone camping and doused the campfire with water, which caused a lot of steam, ash and smoke, and that awful, sickening smell . . . . well, quite often that's exactly what we are dealing with.

Unless the lightning storms cause another fire, closer to us, we are not anticipating having to evacuate. However, we have a plan ready to put into action and will not delay. . . . . cause ya just never know.

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