Lightning

Lightning the evening of June 12 caused four fires on the Malheur National Forest.

Contributed photo Todd McKinley

Fire season is here.

The Malheur National Forest received multiple lightning strikes across the forest June 12.

On Thursday, three fires were reported on the Prairie City Ranger District and one on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District, according to a press release.

All the fires were contained at one-tenth of an acre or less.

The Grant County Fire Defense District announced regulated closures for fire season take effect June 15. Check with local jurisdictions for burning restrictions.

The Oregon Department of Forestry implemented fire season June 10 with restrictions.

Forest officials remind visitors to use campfire safety. Fires must be surrounded by dirt, rock or a commercial fire ring in an area that is cleared of flammable material with a radius of 3 feet.

Make sure fires are completely cold and out before leaving the area. When using a generator, make sure it is in an area with a 10-foot cleared radius of any flammable material. Always carry a shovel and 1 gallon of water.

To report a wildfire, call 911 or John Day Interagency Dispatch at 541-575-1321.

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