MEDFORD, Ore-- According to the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest District, several wildfires ignited Friday afternoon after lightning strikes struck Northern Jackson County.
The largest fire was estimated to be a quarter of an acre and was located off of Highway 62 near Crowfoot road. ODF resources alongside Jackson County Fire District 4 and Fire District 3 responded to that fire and have since contained and mopped up the flames.
NewsWatch 12 reached to ODFSW and learned that there were at least three reported fires after lightning strikes hit the northern part of Jackson County. ODFSW also says that all three of those fires have since been contained and mopped up.
ODFSW also told NewsWatch 12 that it is bringing in a Type Two and Three helicopter for recon or to possibly drop firefighters off to locations where new fires might start.
ODFSW also states that it will continue to monitor the area for fires started by lightning strikes over the next few weeks.
If you notice black smoke in an area where a lightning strike has occurred, ODFSW asks that you please call 911 to report the incident.