SISTERS, OR -- A lightning storm that moved through the High Desert Tuesday afternoon led to some scary moments for a few people in Sisters. The first incident was reported just before 3 p.m. on Peterson Burn Road. A homeowner reported the smell of smoke inside her house; a vacation home on the property was also struck. The second home is an Airbnb and was occupied by renters. They reported the lightning strike knocked everything off the walls.
When firefighters arrived, they found obvious lightning damage to both homes, but no fire. The main house had damage to gutters, roofing and the wiring, while charring was found (above) on a corner of the Airbnb. A nearby tree also sustained damage (right).
About an hour after the call on Peterson Burn Road, crews were called to E Coyote Springs Road. No smoke or flames were visible to arriving units and damage appears limited to the front entry roof and structural beams.
In both cases, firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to make sure there was no underlying fire concern.
Bend Fire reports one house and a tree were hit by lightning during the storm, but didn't result in a fire.