Lightning Hits Tree in Philomath

PHILOMATH, Ore. — A Philomath family had a frightening front row seat for a lightning strike that hit a tree in their yard. The Kersts say they were on the front porch watching the storm and counting the time between lightning flashes and thunder. At one point there was no delay. Then they heard a … Continue reading »

Lightning Kills Oregon Man

MADRAS, Ore. – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a medical emergency on Highway 97 Sunday afternoon. Deputies say Connie Hemenway, 49, and Bret Hemenway, 50, both of Madras, were on a two-day motorcycle ride and were returning home when they got caught in a thunderstorm. Investigators say the pair stopped at the rest area … Continue reading »

Summer Storms Spark Wildfires

EUGENE, Ore. – Summer storms sparked new wildfires across Oregon Tuesday and Wednesday. From 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday there were 862 lightning strikes in Oregon, most in northeast corner of the state. Firefighters were dispatched to 16 potential fires in northeast Oregon. Fires are often not found and reported within the first … Continue reading »