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A tree on Simmons road near Rainier caught fire after it was struck by lightning, according to a report from Columbia River Fire & Rescue (CRFR)

CRFR said at around 2 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, thunder and lightning rolled across the fire district. Firefighters from CRFR Rainier Station and Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the tree fire to investigate, finding it had been split by a lightning strike and was burning inside.

There were numerous lightning strikes reported throughout the area. It is possible there are more of these so-called “lightning trees" with fire burning in them. If you see smoke, please call 911.

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