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  • Lightning peppers region, but Jackson County mostly spared

  • Hundreds of lightning strikes were reported across parts of Southern Oregon and Northern California Monday, though few touched down in Jackson County.
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  • Hundreds of lightning strikes were reported across parts of Southern Oregon and Northern California Monday, though few touched down in Jackson County.
    The National Weather Service said there were seven Jackson County strikes recorded Monday afternoon and evening. Six of those touched down in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, but there have been no confirmed smoke sightings in that region. The Oregon Department of Forestry will run a reconnaissance flight to scout that area today, agency officials reported.
    Siskiyou County netted dozens of strikes with a confirmed fire start in the Oak Knoll area off Highway 96. There were also between 125 and 150 strikes in Klamath and Lake counties, though no details on confirmed fire starts were immediately available.
    The Weather Service says a red flag warning issued Monday due to dry conditions and high fire danger will remain in effect today from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The forecast calls for "scattered to numerous" thunderstorms, expected to roll into parts of Southern Oregon and Northern California this morning through this evening. Scattered showers are also expected.
    "I think there'll probably be a lot more lightning strikes today," meteorologist Tom Wright said.
    Thunderstorm activity is expected to cover a wide range, though most will be concentrated in Northern California and the Southern Cascades.
    "Storm movement will be faster than normal at around 35 mph, and rainfall amounts will be moderate," a Weather Service message reads. "Thus, there may be many new fire starts."
    — Ryan Pfeil
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