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Another round of thunderstorms could start more fires

 Posted: 2:25 PM July 30, 2013

Thunderstorms could again pepper Southern Oregon's dry hills with lightning and no rain, the National Weather Service office in Medford reports.

The weather service has issued a red-flag warning for most of Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Douglas and Klamath counties, warning that lightning strikes over critically dry fuels could start numerous new fires tonight. Very dry conditions and gusty winds could cause any fires that develop to spread rapidly, the watch said.

A dry lightning storm over the region Friday sparked multiple blazes that are being fought now.

A low-pressure system is moving in off the Oregon Coast, bringing moist, unstable air that could develop thunderstorms tonight through Thursday, the forecast says.

The bulk of the storms are expected late tonight and Wednesday morning, but some will continue, with a growing chance of rain, through Wednesday night.

The watch will be in effect from 11 p.m. today until 11 p.m. Wednesday.

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