Wednesday night’s lightning storms are keeping Central Oregon firefighters busy.  Fire watchers recorded more than 8000 lightning strikes as far east as the Idaho border. 

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch says the strikes ignited more than a hundred fires.

Fire information officer Lisa Clark says crews have been able to attack about 3 quarters of those.  But with millions of acres to cover and limited man power, it might take some time to get to them all.

“So during these first days after a lightning storm, the firefighters are pretty much working up to 16 hours a day and they’re just essentially moving from fire to fire to fire,” Clark said.

Clark says so far just three of those fires have grown to any significance.  The largest is burning one mile east of Clarno in Central Oregon.  Clark says that blaze has scorched about 10,000 acres of light grass and shrubs.

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