Kari Borgen

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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