Lightning fire

A thunder storm moved over Douglas County Thursday evening resulting in thousands of lightning strikes and 21 confirmed fires.

Firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association located 10 additional lighting-related fires Friday, bringing the total number of fires caused by Thursday’s electrical storm to 21.

The largest fire is the Big Tom Folley Fire, located 5 miles northeast of Elkton, which is estimated to be 7 acres in size and burning in heavy standing and storm-damaged timber, according to Kyle Reed, a DFPA spokesman.

Two helicopters, one bulldozer and 70 firefighters worked Friday and into Saturday to complete the fire line and extinguish the blaze. All of the other lightning-related fires remain less than an acre in size, with the majority being less than 1/10 of an acre, Reed said.

The 3rd Street Fire, located just north of Glendale, is just a tree that was struck by lightning. The Rice Creek Fire, 6 miles south of Winston, is 1/100 of an acre. The Olalla Road Fire, 10 miles southwest of Winston, is 1/10 of an acre.

The Twin Cedar Fire, 16 miles northeast of Glide, is 1/100 of an acre. The Sparks Road Fire, 5 miles southwest of Rice Hill, is 1/4 of an acre. The Elkhead Road Fire, 5 miles east of Rice Hill, is 1/000 of an acre. The Kent Creek Fire, 7 miles southwest of Winston, is half an acre.

Crews are still engaged on the Gallagher Ridge Fire, 7 miles southwest of Winston, is half an acre; the Bonanza Mine Fire, 6 miles east of Oakland, is 1/10 of an acre; and the Hill Creek Fire, 7 miles east of Glide, is 1/10 of an acre.

In addition to the lightning caused fires, DFPA crews assisted the Sutherlin Fire Department in putting out a grass fire Friday afternoon about 1 mile north of Sutherlin in the 1000 block of North Comstock Road. Flames burned about 1/10 of an acre of grass and threatened one home.

Investigators said the cause of the fire was an illegal burn. The party responsible for the burn was issued a citation for burning without a permit and may be billed for the cost of suppressing the fire, Reed said.

Ian Campbell can be reached at or 541-957-4209. Or follow him on Twitter


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Glad the online story doesn’t have the “ignights” spelling in the lightning story that was used in print version.

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