Lightning

Lightning strikes put fire crews at the ready

MEDFORD, Ore.– Thunderstorms this weekend started several small fires around the region. Crews have managed to hold all of them but as another potential storm rolls on Monday night, forest agencies are gearing up for more. Things were relatively quiet on Sunday …

Fire crews prep for weekend lightning

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — This weekend’s increased risk of lightning storms has the Oregon Department of Forestry on high alert. The agency’s Southwest Oregon District said its staff is on board and their mountaintop detection cameras are up and running. ODF said …

No fires from weekend lightning

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Rogue Valley got some much needed rain over the weekend, but it brought with it some lightning to the area. The Southwest District of the Oregon Department of Forestry says it saw about 24 lightning strikes hit Jackson …

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 …