Nearly 1,500 strikes spark 38 fires for crews in Central Oregon
While most of the fires were very small, fire crews were called out to stop a couple fires from spreading.
One of the larger fires was on the west side of Mt. Bachelor, requiring six smokejumpers and a helicopter with a bucket. Two fire engines helped put out another fire near Cow Canyon.
While the lightning strikes started at around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, dispatchers said it wasn't until 1 p.m. that they started receiving fire calls. By 4:30, officials said they had a total of 38 visible smoke or fire reports come into the dispatch center.
Crews are handling a developing fire in the Ochoco National Forest.