Speech to Text for 2300 lightning strikes
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says "watching out significant amount of lightning which compared to a typical summer day or multiple days." in 48 hours, more than 23-hundred lightning strikes hit southern oregon and northern california. "the typical summer day it's more like 200 to 500 as an average." cassidy says, "this weekend was the first time our region has seen this much lightning since last summer...but last summer, when this much lightning came through ...multiple fires started and got out of control quickly. this is a map of last year on july 15th amd july 16th... and this is a map from friday and saturday this weekend ... both recording thousands of lightning strikes. but what makes this year different?" nat: "this is the first one where we saw a lot of lightning during the peak of fire season..." odf responded to 4 lightning-caused fires. cal fire responded to 8. and the rogue river siskiyou national forest... "we ended up having 14 fires." eric hensel is the fire management officer for the rogue river siskiyou national forest. hensel had 400 firefighters on standby this weekend. that's four times as many as usual. "there were fire starts across the area but the fire agencies did a good job sniffing those off right away." butted to ", we were able to jump on those fires really fast with early detection and aggressive initial attack and put most of them out at 2/10th of an acre or less." and the biggest dif ference? this year we were lucky... the lightning came with some moisture. that saved us a lot we had a lotta good precipitation with the lightning that came so we didn't have near as many fire starts as we had anticipated." this week, hensel says they'll continue to monitor for holdover fires in three areas that saw the most lightning ... detection flights, look-out towers and ground personnel will be used to monitor applegate, prospect and areas near cave junction. in medford, cassidy delamarter, newswatch12.