Dry, windy and stormy conditions threaten crews and existing fires
MEDFORD, Ore. - This fire season's quantity of strikes isn't the issue.
"We haven't had a tremendous amount of lightening but we have had a pretty good number of fires that have resulted from that," said Ryan Sandler, the National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist.
The storm that sparked the blanket creek fire at the end of July had roughly 12 strikes and caused 7 fires.
Those and neighboring fires have kept crews busy.
"With the fire activity we have for the forest service and park service there's a little over 1,300 firefighters assigned," said Rob Budge, the USFS Deputy Fire Staff.
That's 10 times the normal amount and fire season isn't even at its peak.
"This is a season that could continue well into October if we continue with that conditions that we have," said Budge.
Condition's the Medford Airtanker Base neighbors at the National Weather Service say are alarming.
"It looks like we have a look of lightening expected over the next few days and that's what scares us," said Sandler.
Not only that, but before the storm rolls over and the weather starts to cooperate it could get even worse.
"It looks cooler, higher humidity going into next week so that's good but there could be windy conditions between that transition between thunder storms to cooler temperatures," said Sandler.
Lightning, which can cause fires and wind, which helps spread those fires could be on the horizon.