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Firefighters battle multiple lightning starts in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Jackson County
Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters are battling multiple new fire starts in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and in eastern Jackson County due to Tuesday and Wednesday’s lightning storms.

Ten new lightning starts were discovered in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Wednesday evening bringing the total number of lightning caused fires in the national forest to 44. The new fires are clustered in the Mt. Ashland and Wagner Butte area. Firefighters made good progress on the existing fires in the forest yesterday but they had to pull off as the new lightning storm rolled in. They have since reengaged the fires.

Lightning strikes also struck wildly across Jackson County yesterday and new fires are reported in the areas of Beaver Creek, Split Rock Cabin, Bull Pine Gap, Bear Gulch, Chocolate Falls, Woodrat Mountain, Anderson Butte and Point Mountain. Firefighters from multiple agencies responded to these fires and reconnaissance planes will continue to scout for additional smokes.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning indicating potential lightning activity from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m. today.
Posted on 7/31/14 5:39AM by Jared Dill