ODF prepares for possible lightning-sparked fires

Central Point, Ore. –Southern Oregon could be in for thunder and lightning on Friday evening, following devastating storms last week. The Oregon Department of Forestry says it’s wet enough that lightning probably won’t start forest fires, but that doesn’t mean crews aren’t keeping an eye on the weather.

“Last week when we had that lightning storm pass through, although it was really wet, we ended with three small fires, so it’s really unpredictable,” Melissa Cano said, a spokesperson for ODF. “However, if we do have fires tomorrow, at least there will be that moisture.”

ODF has crews ready to go out should a fire be sparked by lightning.

Natalie Weber produces and anchors the weekend broadcasts of NBC5 News at 6 and 11. She reports during the week for NBC5 News at 5 and 6. Natalie is also the spokesperson for S.O. Close to Homeless, a community discussion on homelessness in our region, started by Access and NBC5 News.

Natalie began her career in journalism as an intern with NBC5 News during her senior year at South Medford High School. Following graduation, she was promoted to Producer for the morning news broadcast for NBC’s sister station, FOX26, then to Producer for NBC5 News at Sunrise.

Natalie took a break from news to work for the Medford Police Department as a Records Specialist. However, she missed the fast-paced environment of the newsroom. Natalie moved back to her hometown of Eureka, California to start her on-air career with North Coast News KAEF ABC23 before returning once again to NBC5 News.

Natalie attended Southern Oregon University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as running, reading and exploring Southern Oregon.

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