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Fire crews respond to more than a dozen lightning-started fires, all kept small

Crews are responding to fires in Siskiyou, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties.

Posted: Aug 29, 2019 11:03 AM
Updated: Aug 29, 2019 3:38 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.- More than 200 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were recorded Wednesday in southern Oregon and northern California. 

Fire crews all around our region are responding lightning-started fires. So far, all have been kept small.

More lightning is expected Thursday in southern Oregon and northern California. 

Fire agencies plan to keep extra crews on standby. 


Siskiyou County


Ninety-two lightning strikes were recorded in Siskiyou county on Wednesday. 

The Klamath National Forest responded to three fires in the last 24 hours. All were less than a quarter acre, all have 100% handline around them. 

Cal Fire responded to six fires. They were all in the Shasta Valley. 

The largest fire grew to four acres. The smallest was a single snag. 


Josephine County


The Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest is keeping a lookout for smoke columns. 

There were five lighting strikes just south of Cave Junction within the the National Forest. 

No smoke has been reported. 


Klamath & Lake County


Five lightning-started fires were reported in Klamath and Lake Counties. 

All of the fires are staffed and less than one tenth of an acre. 

South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership says more fires have been reported. 

Fire crews are responding to them, but none have been confirmed as of 11:00 a.m. Thursday. 

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