Lightning Starts Fires in Lebanon

Lebanon Lightning FireLEBANON, Ore. — Firefighters responded to two grass fires Sunday night in Lebanon that they say started from lightning strikes.

They say both fires were in grass fields just outside of town. The Lebanon Fire Department says while on the way to one fire – they spotted another one nearby. Firefighters say both fires were about a quarter-acre in size, and that they were able to put them out relatively quickly.

Because of the expected lightning over the next few days, the fire department is under high risk fire assignments and will respond to fires it wouldn’t usually respond to.

“We allocate extra resources anytime there’s an alarm anywhere in the county that automatically gets extra resources assigned to the fire from the very beginning,” said Fire Prevention Officer Jon Davis with the Lebanon Fire Department.

Davis says it is rare to respond to fires in the area that are caused by lightning.

“And to respond to two in one night is pretty amazing,” Davis said. “It just doesn’t happen a lot. Maybe in the last 26 years I’ve been on, a half a dozen? So it’s not something that happens every day.”

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