AROCK — Lightning was to blame for two wildfires on the southern end of Malheur County on Friday evening, with three false alarms also reported.

Resources were still on scene this morning at the Clarks Butte Fire, eight miles north of Arock, according to an incident update today from the Bureau of Land Management - Vale District.

That fire is controlled and 70 percent contained, according to the update. It is holding at 250 acres, and Jordan Valley Rural Fire Protection Association is assisting the BLM.

Resources for the blaze include one bulldozer, four engines and a helicopter.

There were no accidents, injuries, evacuations, road closures or property damage.

The fire was located in a wilderness study area, as was the other fire which was much smaller.

The East Rye Grass fire in the area of Iron Mountain was only three acres and took only one engine to respond.

According to an email from Larisa Bogardus, BLM spokeswoman, the majority of wildfires on Vale BLM are caused by lightning, which is expected to continue today, and could spark more fires.

Anyone who sees smoke or fire on rangelands, is urged to report it by calling 911. Callers are asked to be prepared to provide as much detail as you can regarding its location, so the appropriate resources can be dispatched as quickly as possible.

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