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Weekend Storm Sparks Wildfires

PRINEVILLE, OR -- Wildland fire crews responded to more than a dozen fires sparked by a Saturday lightning storm that moved through the area. More than 100 lightning strikes were recorded.

Officials say the largest was estimated at 7 acres near Prineville. It was largely extinguished by rain.

Smokejumpers were utilized in the Mill Creek Wilderness where a couple of fires were spotted in the Ochoco National Forest.

Fire managers tweeted Sunday afternoon, Firefighters across Central Oregon land management jurisdictions will remain vigilant for hold over fires in the next two weeks. A hold over (or “sleeper”) fire can start up to two weeks after the initial lightning strike. Thunderstorms are also forecasted for this PM."

For the latest, follow @CentralORFire on Twitter. 

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