Lightning sparks new fires on Umpqua National Forest

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Lightning peppered the Umpqua National Forest again on Wednesday, igniting a rash of new small forest fires.

Another thunderstorm is expected Thursday, forest officials said.

Of the 14 fires found on the forest, 12 originated with lightning strikes.

The Tiller Ranger District currently has 8 fires, all in patrol status. One fire was a new start on May 8 and is less than 1/10 of an acre, the Forest Service said.

North Umpqua Ranger District has one new fire as of May 8, for a total of 5 fires started by lightning.

Diamond Lake Ranger District received lightning, accompanied by rain, on May 8. Crews are looking for new fire starts.

One human-caused fire near Diamond Lake is out.