Firefighters respond to multiple reported fires after lightning storm

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Tuesday’s stormy night was a busy one for the Oregon Department of Forestry as reports of fires came in from all over the Rogue Valley.

The Beagle Drive Fire in White City spread fast regardless of the rain. Fire engines responded within ten minutes of the initial call. It burned three-quarters of an acre.

“We’ll have the heat from the lightning and if that’s just smoldering as the wind picks up, it turns into a flame, and that’s how it goes,” said Natalie Weber, public information officer for ODF’s Southwest District.

ODF said more small fires were reported, but all were extinguished.

Everyone is asked to be on the lookout for any smoke, especially this week. If you spot smoke, call 911.

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NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]