8/1/2014 10:14:00 AM Lightning sparks fires around Black Butte
Sisters Country lit up under nature's light show last night.
A potent lighting event ripped across the regain, creating a number of new starts from the east slopes of the Cascades east to the Dayville area. By 9 a.m. this morning, the Central Oregon Dispatch Center had fielded more than 20 reports of potential new fires since 8 p.m. last night. Reports are expected to continue coming in throughout the morning.
There are reports of multiple, small starts west and northwest of Sisters, including four strikes immediately surrounding Black Butte. There are two starts reported in the Three Sisters Wilderness, one start immediately west of Elk Lake, two starts just southeast of Wickiup Reservoir, and six small starts south of China Hat.
Other activity includes multiple, small starts across Prineville BLM-administered lands, including several south of Brothers, and isolated starts across the Maury Mountains and Ochoco Mountains.
The National Weather Service in Pendleton has issued a Red Flag Warning for thunderstorms producing abundant lightning. The warning will be in effect through 11 p.m. Saturday, August 2.
Storms that develop are expected to bring with them at least the potential for some rain, with precipitation ranging from a few hundredths of an inch to around a quarter of an inch.