Lightning sparked wildfires throughout the area early this week. This photo is from a wildfire earlier this summer outside Ironside. (The Enterprise/ANGELINA KATSANIS)
JUNTURA - Storms and high winds overnight Wednesday ignited two new wildfires in Malheur County, preceding a Red Flag Warning that wasn’t supposed to go into effect until Thursday morning.
The Mud Springs fire, located near Juntura, was caused by lightning Wednesday evening and had already grown to 750 acres as of Thursday morning. The second fire, near mile marker 202 towards Juntura, was also sparked by lightning and had reached 350 acres.
Both fires, as of Thursday morning, were 0% contained.
More wildfires could be coming to the area as the National Weather Service in Boise issued a Red Flag Warning for Malheur County that is set . . .