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Disasters & Accidents

Lightning Sparks Fires In Douglas County

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Douglas Forest Protective Association

Wednesday’s lightning storm sparked several fires in Douglas County. 

The Douglas Forest Protective Association says seven fires were started, the largest of which is the Days Coffee Fire, located 6 miles northwest of Tiller.

As of Thursday morning, the fire was estimated to be 140 acres in size.  Strong, gusty winds combined with steep slopes and limited access challenged firefighters most of the night as active fire behavior and multiple spot fires were being reported. 

Similar weather conditions are forecasted for today with a chance of thunderstorms throughout the area.  The DFPA says if thunderstorms do develop, strong winds and downdrafts could challenge firefighters throughout the day.

There are 110 personnel working on the blaze and additional resources have been ordered to assist with the fire.