Observer staff

Lightning strikes early this morning ignited one small fire in Union County and seven small blazes in Wallowa County according to the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center.

All of the blazes are less than a quarter of an acre and are being fought by Oregon Department of Forest and U.S. Forest Service firefighters.

The Union County fire is two miles west of Elgin and is less than one tenth of an acre.

The majority of the Wallowa County fires are in the Flora area near the Grande Ronde River. None of the seven fires pose a long term threat to communities.

The strikes also ignited a 75-acre blaze in Umatilla County north of Pilot Rock. Firefighters now have a line around the blaze.

On Sunday, a lightning strike started a small blaze in the Hells Canyon Recreation Area. Smokejumpers were used to combat the fire, which was less than one tenth of an acre. The fire was reported at 8:44 a.m.

The heavy smoke now in the Grande Ronde Valley today is primarily from wildfires in Washington and British Columbia, according to the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center.

21042142