A storm peppered Central Oregon with lightning strikes Wednesday night, sparking a handful of new wildfires across the area.
Central Oregon Fire Information said the Alder Creek Fire burning 78 acres on private lands near Service Creek was the largest.
Several engines, a 20-person crew and dozer held the fire overnight with the help of a large air tanker and single-engine tanker.
Incident 370 is burning about 15 acres of grass and brush 34 miles south of Condon. Crews Tuesday night were expected to be mopping that one up.
The remaining lightning-caused fires are also expected to be contained by the end of the day.
The Paulina Lake Fire near Highway 97 and north of Forest Road 21 on Prineville District BLM managed lands is now 40% contained at 48 acres.
Video of a VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker) dropping retardant on the Alder Creek Fire near Service Creek. This photo was taken by John Wood flying Air Attack (AA) above the fire. AA provides a critical role to recon, size up fires and help direct air traffic over fire areas. pic.twitter.com/iNv1z8jyuA
— Central OR Fire Info (@CentralORFire) July 8, 2020
Crews are continuing to mop-up the fire perimeter to achieve full containment. quickly responded to the Paulina Lake Fire this afternoon.
The public is reminded to be careful with any ignitions on public lands.
Central Oregon is currently in HIGH fire danger, meaning fuels are very receptive to ignitions. If you are recreating on public lands, remember to remain diligent about ensuring all campfires are ‘dead out’ and cold to the touch when you leave them, all spark arrestors are properly installed, and trailer chains are secured.