Lightning strikes spark fire in East Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Douglas Forest Protective Association says 16 lightning strikes on land it protects from Thursdays lightning storm started a fire southeast of Glide.

Kyle Reed from the DFPA says most of the strikes were on the eastern border of their lands.

One fire was located southeast of Glide in the Cavitt Creek area. The fire is about 1/10th of an acre in size. 

Firefighters from DFPA and industrial personnel from Seneca Jones Timber Company are on scene improving containment lines and mopping up hot spots. 

DFPA will monitor the other lightning affected areas with ground resources, aviation resources and camera detection equipment for new smokes. 

In addition to the 16 lightning strikes on DFPA protected land, several dozen lightning strikes that struck on Forest Service land are adjacent to private or BLM land. 

Reed says the DFPA will coordinate with the Umpqua National Forest to detect and suppress any possible fires near private or BLM land.