Lightning hits in Southern Oregon, igniting 70 wildfires

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Just on the heels of the Klamathon Fire, where managers were preparing to declare the fire 100% contained, lightning has struck Southern Oregon and Northern California Sunday. The Statesman Journal reports the fire has ignited between 50 and 70 wildfires.

According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, more than 40 fires have been confirmed in Jackson and Josephine Counties. By 6:45 p.m. Sunday, the largest, dubbed the Sterling Creek Fire near Jacksonville, had scorched up to 100 acres. The local county sheriff’s office has ordered a level 3 (“Go now”) evacuation along Sterling Creek Road.


Firefighters from all partner agencies and south central Oregon wildland fires have responded to the lightning strikes. Klamath Falls News reports Crater Lake National Park was especially hit hard, with eight of the lightning starts.

Map of lightning strikes in the Southern Oregon, Northern California area for July 15, 2018.