Lightning sparks dozens of small fires in Oregon

Most of the fires are small, but the volume stretched firefighting resources.

Posted: Jul 16, 2018 2:35 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A series of lightning storms ignited dozens of wildfires in southwestern Oregon.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest reported upward of 30 starts spread out from the Bear Camp Road area to Prospect on Sunday evening. Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Forestry confirmed 40 fires in Jackson and Josephine County.

Most of the fires are small, but the volume stretched firefighting resources.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports rain fell in some areas, though it was sporadic and insufficient to aid firefighters. The newspaper reports that one of the blazes threatened several homes southeast of Jacksonville.

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