Lightning strikes bring on additional fire crews
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. —
Oregon Department of Forestry is watching their radars closely for any lightning strikes in the Ashland, Grants Pass, Medford, and Central Point area.
So far, there's been six fires started because of a lightning strike this year and we're not even in fire season.
One hold over lightning strike even grew to be six acres.
"Holdover lightning, or sleeper fire as we like to call it, is when lightning strikes the ground and doesn't cause a fire immediately but in two to three days when that sun finally peeks through and the ground is still warm. At that point that's when a fire starts to grow and appear," said Melissa Cano from ODF.
This is why ODF will be watching their hot spot monitors for a few days after this storm hits.
Usually there are no ODF engines on duty past 5:00p.m. before fire season, but because of the lightning strike potential to spark a fire, a handful are patrolling in Jackson and Josephine County.