Lightning pelts Oregon, starting new wildfires

Lightning pelts Oregon, starting new wildfires

Lightning pelts Oregon, starting new wildfires

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- More than 10,000 lightning strikes have peppered the state in the past 24 hours, starting many small wildfires in central and southern Oregon.

Sarah Levy of the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center says rain accompanied some of the lightning strikes, and fire managers are waiting to see how much the precipitation affected blazes burning throughout the state.

There are eight major fires or complexes of fires in Oregon, all coming after barrages of lightning since late July.  The largest active fire is the Douglas Complex in southwest Oregon, which has scorched almost 45,000 acres.

In Eastern Oregon, the state fire marshal says cool weather and light rain allowed officials monitoring the Grouse Mountain Fire near John Day to lift a warning that structures are threatened.

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