Lightning strikes reported in Vancouver

One power outage, one fire reported

By Craig Brown, Columbian Metro Editor



Scattered lightning strikes are being reported in Clark County this afternoon, with one small power outage and one fire reported thus far.

The power outage was affecting 83 customers in east Hazel Dell, near Northeast 78th Street and west of Northeast St. Johns Road. The outage was reported at 12:48 p.m. and its cause was blamed on lightning. Nearly all customers had power restored by 2:30 p.m.

At 1:18 p.m. lightning struck power lines at a large luxury home at 15703 N.W. Fair Acres Drive in Salmon Creek. It sparked a small fire which was contained to the exterior of the home, though light smoke was reported inside, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. Clark County Fire District 6 put the fire out and checked inside to make sure it hadn’t extended into the attic or crawl space.

The National Weather Service is forecasting scattered thunder showers for this afternoon before hot weather returns Monday.

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