GRANTS PASS, Ore. - A band of thunderstorms moving across Oregon sparked dozens of new wildfires that crews are chasing.
Northwest Interagency Coordination Center spokesman Carol Connolly says Oregon has had 19,000 lightning strikes since Tuesday afternoon.
So far 25 new fires have been reported covering a total of 160 acres, stretching from the southern Cascade Range northwest into central and northeastern Oregon.
There was a lot of rain with many of the storms, so it is not clear how many of those new starts may grow into large fires.
Meanwhile, the cooler temperatures and rain helped firefighters increase containment of the 11 large fires still burning across central and northeastern Oregon since a string of lightning storms moved across the region last week.
More lightning is expected Wednesday.
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