Nearly 1,500 strikes spark 38 fires for crews in Central Oregon

CENTRAL OREGON -- The nearly 1,500 lightning strikes seen across Central Oregon sparked 38 small fires on Sunday, the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center reported.

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.