PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Cleanup is underway after lightning took down trees in Clackamas County and firefighting efforts are in full swing in Columbia County as lightning-caused fires continue to blaze.
A lightning bolt exploded a huge sequoia tree in Oak Grove around 2:30 on Thursday morning near Southeast Raymond and Oatfield. Two homes were damaged after big branches fell on their roofs.
Lightning also touched down in West Linn, knocking down another tree. It took our power lines are forced Cedaroak Park Primary School to close for the day due to outages.
Meanwhile, in Columbia County, the Fire Marshall told KOIN they’re currently battling at least 3 tree fires that were started by lightning. He said lightning can strike — but not start a fire until days later.
Make sure to be on the lookout for smoke and call authorities if you see anything.