Lightning sparks 20 wildfires

A wildfire burns southwest of Harper Sunday. A lightning storm over the weekend ignited a number of fires across the region. (The Enterprise/Kelsey Haueter)

By John L. Braese
Malheur Enterprise

VALE – A lightning storm swept through the area Aug. 7, sparking at least 20 wildfires.

The three largest fires are being managed as the Juntura Complex.

They include the Simmons Fire, 20 miles east of Juntura and south of Highway 20. It was at 5,000 acres Tuesday.

The Sheep Rock Fire grew to 7,680 acres Tuesday, burning on both sides of the Malheur River. It is six miles south of Juntura along Shumway Road.

A third fire, the Rooster Comb Fire, spanned 145 acres some 20 miles southeast . . .