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Fire Crews Busy After Lightning

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Five days into fire season on the Oregon side, crews stayed busy hunting and fighting fires caused by lightning on Monday and Tuesday (June 8th-9th).

Oregon Department of Forestry reports roughly two dozen fires from lightning strikes in the southwestern part of the state.  The largest--the Galls Creek Complex--grouped three fires under a single fire command, with a total of 90 acres burned.  Galls Creek is a Rogue River tributary near Gold Hill.

The largest single fire is the Corn Creek Fire, which started Monday near Canyonville and burned 98 acres before crews got a fire line around it.

Fire crews fought more lightning-caused fires on the California side, most under an acre.  The Bald Hill Fire on state-protected land near Orick made the largest footprint at 37 acres.

The weather patterns that caused a sudden heat wave and the thunderstorms is not likely to repeat in the near future.  The National Weather Service forecasts a slow decline in temperatures through the weekend.

Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.