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.

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