Information on Lightning Protection and Strikes in the State of Oregon
With 46.2% of the state being public (31.4 million acres) Oregon is an outdoorsman's paradise. Thunderstorms are more common in the eastern part of Oregon then in the central or western part. This may be attributed to the colder air coming off the Pacific Ocean not having a chance to warm up to create the recipe for thunder storms.
Oregon sees on average of 53,167 cloud to ground lightning strikes annually. Which, when calculated with the area of the state, averages to about 0.6 strikes per square mile. With all the outdoor activities to do in Oregon (hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, prospecting, etc), it is important to look at the weather forecast before venturing out in the wild and plan accordingly.
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June 15, 2015 Lightning started a wildfire that eventually burned over 5,000 acres near Cave Junction, Oregon, which was burning on steep terrain.
June 27, 2015 Lightning was blamed on several wild fires, the largest of which is being called the Sugar Loaf Fire, which burned more than 5,000 acres near Dayville, Oregon, burning mostly grass and brush.
Also see How to stay safe during lightning storms