Bulletin Staff Report

Firefighters have responded to nearly 50 new wildfires since Thursday morning due to lightning from that day’s thunderstorm, according to the Central Oregon Fire Information website.

Rain from the storm helped limit damage from the fires, but areas just off the storm’s edge didn’t receive much relief from rain, the website stated. Almost every fire was held to less than half an acre, with a majority limited to a single-tree fire.

As of Friday, firefighters are responding to a new 80-acre fire five miles southwest of Dayville, which was reported at 5:30 Thursday evening.

The storm’s rain helped firefighters contain the 70-acre Sheep Mountain Fire near Mitchell, which is now 15% contained. Full containment is expected by Saturday, the website stated.

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