Lightning leads to fires, outages in Portland area

Lightning lit up the sky around Portland Aug. 1, 2014. Thousands of people were left without electricity. (Twitter)
Lightning lit up the sky around Portland Aug. 1, 2014. Thousands of people were left without electricity. (Twitter)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Lightning cut through the dark, early morning sky throughout the Portland metro Friday and kept firefighters busy in portions of Washington County.

Portland General Electric reported at 5:30 a.m. more than 1,600 customers were without power across six counties. That number has only dipped slightly as 9 a.m., though the bulk of those still affected reside in Clackamas County.

At least 3,000 customers were in the dark at the outage’s peak.

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Forest Grove firefighters responded to a grass fire near Northwest Spreadborough Lane and Northwest Highway 47 early Friday morning, with the agency’s spokesperson saying via Twitter that lightning most likely sparked the fire. A photo posted to the department’s Twitter account shows firefighters working as a bolt of lighting hits in the background.

There have been no reported injuries as a result of any Friday’s lighting strikes.

Crews in Sherwood put out a small fire after lighting hit a tree near Southwest Old Highway 99 West and Southwest Brookman Road, a Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue spokesperson said.

The property owner told KOIN 6 News he was thankful no one was hurt, and that the fields around his property did not catch fire.

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The National Weather Service in Portland reported at 10:35 p.m. Thursday storms with lighting started forming along the coast range that moved northeast.

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Officials described the lightning as dangerous and urged residents “when thunder roars, go indoors.”

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