Summer lightning and thunderstorms can be impressive to watch and the light show Thursday night was one of the best of the season. Unfortunately, with these impressive light displays come the threat of wildfires caused by lightning. Multiple units from all over Cache County were dispatched Thursday night between 11 p.m. and Midnight to respond to three fires started by lightning strikes: in Mendon, Newton and Millville. “The rain put them out before we got to them,” Jason Winn, Fire Marshall of the Cache County Fire District, says of the fires in Mendon and Newton.The Millville fire, however, required additional units and a helicopter because of the fire’s location.”We called in a helicopter this morning to help do bucket drops,” Winn says. Two trees on the mountain face near the mouth of Millville Canyon were hit by lightning and caused a fire to burn between half an acre to an acre. Units from Wellsville, Hyrum, Paradise, Cache County and Logan assisted on the fire through the night and units from North Logan, Paradise, Clarkston, Richmond, and Cache County assisted through the day on Friday.The fire was contained and all units released at approximately 3:20 p.m. Friday.The lightning storm spawned other wildfires throughout the region, the larger, notable ones on Antelope Island and near Twin Falls, Idaho.
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