Central Oregon Daily▶️ Thunder, lightning, hail storms roll through Central Oregon on Saturday

▶️ Thunder, lightning, hail storms roll through Central Oregon on Saturday

▶️ Thunder, lightning, hail storms roll through Central Oregon on Saturday

▶️ Thunder, lightning, hail storms roll through Central Oregon on Saturday

Thunder, lightning and hail storms across Central Oregon on Saturday knocked out power for thousands and caused numerous fire starts in nearby forests. 

Clouds rolled in over Bend at around 1:30 p.m., with the first showers and hail starting at 2 p.m. 

Showers continued off and on throughout the evening with loud thunder claps and lightning strikes streaking across the sky. 

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People from Bend, to Redmond, to La Pine sent in photos and video of hail stones the size of quarters and moments of lightning strikes. 

At 7:30 p.m., Pacific Power maps showed there were 10,405 power outages throughout the Bend area. By midday on Sunday, that number had been reduced to three outages. 

Hundreds of lightning strikes caused 10 single-tree starts on Deschutes National Forest and Prineville BLM lands east of Bend on Saturday. 

Another fire started in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest later in the day, and smokejumpers were sent to contain the flames on Sunday. 

On Sunday morning, the Forest Service announced that there were four new smoke reports, including a remote fire in the Mill Creek Wilderness. 

Reconnaissance aircraft was sent over Central Oregon to help spot new flames. 

There is a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms for the rest of the day on Sunday, though sunshine and light clouds have persisted through the early afternoon. 

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