Interesting pattern of wildfires in Southwest Oregon

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These fires in Southwest Oregon are arrayed in an interesting pattern. Most if not all of them I believe were caused by some of the 2,800 lightning strikes in the state last weekend. It makes you wonder if they were generated by an intense thunderstorm cell that moved northeast across that part of the state.

The red dots represent heat detected by a satellite at 3:59 a.m. PDT Saturday July 21.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Interesting pattern of wildfires in Southwest Oregon”

  1. Our ability to predict and have real time weather reports and activity has come so far in the last few years. The use of drones will now allow real time observation of fire line behavior. I would hope that actual real time tracking and locations of on the ground resources could be added to the capabilities of the drones. I wonder if this capability could be added to current fire radios.

  2. That is exactly right, the storms tracked in from SW to NE and came in right off the Coast


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