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On Thursday, August 12, thunderstorm activity, including dry lightning, in Klamath and Lake Counties resulted a new large fire that the agencies of the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) are actively fighting. The Patton Meadow Fire was reported just before 3:30 p.m. and was caused by lightning. The fire is estimated to be more than 2,000 acres. It is burning a mile and a half northwest of Booth State Scenic Corridor Park, approximately 14 miles west of Lakeview. Fire behavior is running and torching in mixed conifer on remote, rugged steep terrain on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Lakeview Ranger District, as well as on Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected private lands. The fire moved down the mountain tonight onto the valley floor west of Lakeview. The Patton Meadow Fire has numerous air and ground wildland firefighting resources fighting the fires, with more resources ordered.The Lake County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management has…

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