Lightning causes more than 20 fires in Rogue Valley

By Roma Villavicencio

KOBI-TV

Firefighters douse lightning-caused blazes in Rogue Valley.

Jacksonville, Ore. — Cindy Furrow experienced first-hand what a lightning storm can do when a tree in her backyard took a direct hit.

“It was too close to my house. Glad I was home when it happened,” said Furrow.

This was only one of nearly two dozen small fires caused by lightning Tuesday afternoon in the biggest storm the Rogue Valley has seen this year.

The action kept fire crews on their toes.

“We’ve been on five calls today and there’s been more then we can keep track of as far as smoke investigations in neighboring areas,” said Jacksonville firefighter Brian Barrett.

The storm also brought hail to Talent and flooding to Ashland.

Both the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Jacksonville Fire Department had hands on deck.

“We just want to get the fire out and under control before it makes its way up in the canopy and into people’s houses,” Barrett said.

ODF had reconnaissance crews out earlier last evening looking for fires.



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