Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Crews fight rash of lightning blazes

August 4, 2009, 11:12 am

Intense lightning over the weekend continues to keep fire crews on the lookout for new blazes.

With thousands of lightning strikes across the region Saturday and Sunday, fires were sparked on state and private land, national forests, Crater Lake National Park and even in a Medford garage.

Five new forest fires were discovered Monday, two by Oregon Department of Forestry crews east of Evans Creek and one near Antioch Road, and two by Forest Service spotters in the Cascades.

In all, ODF reported 25 fires, the Forest Service reported 44 fires and the National Park Service found 14 fires in Crater Lake National Park.

The Medford Fire Department reported a garage fire in the 3200 block of Ford Drive after lightning struck a water heater vent on the roof early Sunday.

All fire lookouts are staffed and daily reconnaissance flights to check for wisps of wildland smoke are planned in the coming days, officials said.

"We expect more to pop up," ODF spokesman Brian Ballou said.