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ODF Prepares For More Lightning

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As lightning returns to the Rogue Valley, fire crews said they will be ready to respond to any reports of new fires.

A spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry said the Central Point office has brought in extra vehicles, bulldozers and helicopters, in case a new fire breaks out.

“There’s a good chance more lightning fires could star,” said Greg Alexander with ODF.

Crews have been stretched thin while battling wildfires across southern Oregon and northern California during the last three weeks. Alexander said as some of those fires come under control, crews can be available to help on any new fire starts. It already came in handy on Sunday, when a small fire was started on Soda Mountain. Crews from the nearby Oregon Gulch Fire lent out a helicopter to help quickly get the fire under control. The cause of that fire is under investigation.

Crews said if there is significant lightning, they could use spotter planes later this week to scout the area from the sky and check for new fires.