ODF Slammed with Tracking Storms

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — An unusually hot and dry summer is putting the heat on fire crews. The Oregon Department of Forestry is working around the clock to monitor fires ignited by lightning. They say they’ve even called in help from other districts to aid in tracking efforts. A Red Flag Warning was issued through Tuesday … Continue reading »

Dexter Fire Fully Lined

DEXTER, Ore. — Lightning has ignited 51 new wildfires in Oregon, and storms are forecast to continue through Wednesday. The new fires are burning across 11 square miles. The two biggest are in eastern Oregon. Closer to home, crews are now mopping up the Dexter fire. Staff say most of the fires started Sunday night … Continue reading »

Lightning Strikes Medford Neighborhood

MEDFORD, Ore. — Neighbors in a Medford cul-de-sac are still shaken after lightning hit a tree, sparking a fire at the end of their street. Monday’s thunderstorms generated at least 80 lightning strikes in Jackson County. Neighbors on Sandberg Court said they felt the normal rumbles of thunder after work Monday at around 5 p.m. But … Continue reading »

Lightning Starts Fires in Lebanon

LEBANON, 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 … Continue reading »

Lightning Sparks Tree Fire

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Residents at an assisted living facility in Corvallis woke up to the sound of lightning striking a tree, then catching fire early Friday morning. “I was very asleep,” said resident Myles Myers. “And then I woke up to what I thought was a grenade going off outside my window.” Myers woke up … Continue reading »

Colorado Lightning Strikes Kill 2

(CNN) – Lightning strikes killed two people in two days in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, said Kyle Patterson, public information officer at the park. Both strikes hit the people on trails off Trail Ridge Road at elevations of 10,829 and 11,400 feet, Patterson said. On Saturday afternoon, lightning hit four people near Rainbow Curve … Continue reading »

Thunderstorm Threat Increases

WEATHER DISCUSSION The pattern seems to be continuing with the mild overnight temperatures before transitioning to hot afternoon temperatures. Today is set up almost exactly like yesterday, and the day before. However, there is one key difference. A low pressure system sitting off the coast of Northern California is pushing in moisture out of the … Continue reading »

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 »