DEXTER, Ore. — Lightning strikes have sparked new wildfires in the Willamette Valley, including a fire burning near the town of Dexter.
The Oregon Department of Forestry said Monday about a dozen new fires were started overnight by the lightning.
Crews say the Dexter fire has burned about 20 acres so far, and they feel confident they’ll have a perimeter set up soon to contain the flames.
ODF says due to the weather, and the dry conditions, it’s an all hands on deck scenario, pulling in people on their days off and asking for resources from other agencies nearby, including aircraft to drop water on the flames.
“We work real closely with industrial land owners and adjoining agencies and the forest service, for example, bureau of land management and even rural fire districts, to help get people out there and for basically eyes on the ground to give us some immediate size up if a fire does start,” said Link Smith, an ODF Western Lane District Forester.
While the fire is burning in an area visible to some Dexter homeowners, they say they’re happy to see the fire crews battling the flames.
“I’m really glad to see it,” said Reggie DeSoto. “It means that we’re being taken care of and keeping our community and environment safe. I’m really proud of these guys.”
As of Monday afternoon, no structures were threatened, and no injuries were reported.