Multiple fires spark in Umatilla National Forest following lightning storms

UMATILLA, Ore. - Storms rolling through the Umatilla National Forest on Friday and Saturday sparked 13 small fires.

According to a press release, new smoke reports were reported throughout different areas of the forest. Nine fire reports were called in between the Pomeroy and Walla Walla Ranger Districts, which crews are working to contain. 

Three fires were reported on the North Fork John Day Ranger District and one at the Heppner Ranger District. 

The forest received about a quarter to three-quarters of an inch of rain with more expected today.

Boots have been on the ground putting out the fires and air resources have been called in. An official said the fires are small and are less than an acre. More smoke reports are expected within the next few days.

The fire danger rating remains high. 

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