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Thursday thunderstorms: fire and rain

  

A Thursday afternoon cloudburst fills city drains causing Terrie Laeger to keep an eye on rising water approaching her store entrance. Laeger owns the Pat-A-Cake Bakery at Fourth and Broadway streets. The high water began to recede just before sloshing through the door. All four corners of the intersection flooded. A Baker City Department of Public Works employee, Craig Dolby, parked his vehicle to block the front-door splashes from passing motorists driving through the pools.

Thunderstorms bulled through Baker County in the depths of night and again in the middle of the afternoon Thursday, sparking several new wildfires and dumping more rain than Baker City’s storm drains could handle.

The afternoon squall also spawned a brief shower of hail.

In all, the storms doused the Baker City Airport with almost half an inch of rain, the most in a 24-hour period since mid June.

Lightning was also widespread during both storms.

A bolt ignited a blaze on Black Mountain, just south of Phillips Reservoir.

Firefighters kept the fire to one-tenth of an acre. They had help from a helicopter that dropped buckets of water on the fire.

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