Lightning has started several fires in the area.

Fire suppression resources are responding to two fires in the Chase Mountain area and an additional three fires near Pelican Butte. We are aware of several small fires just north of Fourmile Lake as well. The fires at Fourmile are in areas where there are limited road access according to reports.

ODF is ordering more resources for the new “Ward” fire southwest of Keno. Ward road is being blocked off by law enforcement at this time. It appears the two fires in the Chase Mountain area make up the “Ward” fire.

At this time Oregon State Police are restricting traffic on Hwy 66 west of Ward Road as well.

Additionally lightning is expected throughout the evening and into Saturday.