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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Lightning Storm Ignites 30 Fires in Central Oregon: Red Flag Warning in Effect
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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: July 30, 2014 10 a.m.
Lightning Storm Ignites 30 Fires in Central Oregon: Red Flag Warning for ‘Abundant Lightning’ in Effect Through
Prineville—Approximately 700 lightning strikes started over 30 small fires
in Central Oregon yesterday afternoon and evening, mostly on the Deschutes
National Forest. Firefighters engaged early
and kept nearly all the fires under 1 acre, including one in the critical Bend
Two fires north of the Ochoco National Forest on private land
and Prineville BLM land are larger and burning in lighter fuels. One fire 5
miles west of Condon is approximately 1,000 acres with zero containment and the
cause of that fire is unknown at this time. The second fire, 2 miles southwest
of Dayville, was caused by lightning and has been lined at 16 acres.
Firefighters will continue mopping up the fire, which is predominantly on
The National Weather Service in Pendleton has issued a Red Flag
Warning for thunderstorms producing abundant lightning. The warning will be in
effect from 1 p.m. today through 11 p.m. Saturday, August 2.