Lightning

Lightning: Breaking down the science

MEDFORD, Ore. — Various agencies reported thousands of lightning strikes were recorded overnight Wednesday, but what actually happens when lightning strikes? Lightning is a reaction between positive and negative ions. When a cloud gets big enough, the positive charge starts to compete …

Lightning storms end, lookout for smoke begins

MEDFORD, Ore. — The worst of the lightning might be over but work for fire crews is just beginning. The Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest service upped its personnel for this week’s lightning storm, now they’re on the lookout for smoke. “We start …

Ward Fire update: 1,301 acres, 24% contained

KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore. – A fire that started while thunderstorms were coming through Klamath County remains at just over 1,300 acres Monday. The Oregon Department of Forestry said the Ward Fire started on August 9 about 18 miles southwest of Klamath Falls. …

Rain and extra support hold off lightning-caused fires

MEDFORD, Ore.– Forest agencies are breathing a collective sigh of relief this weekend as storms passed through southern Oregon without causing any major fires. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Service says that lightning did cause several fires. However, things were a little …

Firefighters prepare for lightning storm

JACKSON CO., Ore – With lightning in the forecast, firefighters are on high alert. This all happening just days after two lightning fires sparked in the Applegate Valley. Local fire departments are bringing in extra crews and equipment just in case. Several fires …