Lightning sparks new fires on Umpqua National Forest

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Firefighters are looking for new ignitions on the Umpqua National Forest after a storm peppered eastern Douglas County with lightning Monday.

About 40 lightning strikes hit the Diamond Lake, North Umpqua and Tiller ranger districts on Monday, the USDA Forest Service said.

A small fire burned less than half an acre close to Potter Mountain on the Diamond Lake Ranger District.

Firefighters are battling blazes across the state. So far, Douglas County has escaped the kinds of large fires that have scorched tens of thousands of acres in southern, eastern and centeral Oregon this year.

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