Gallery: Lightning starts valley fires

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Click or flick across for the full gallery from our very talented readers!
Photo submitted by Tyler Grace of Tyler Grace Photography via our iPhone app: "Here is a shot I took of the lightning that was around the Albury-Wodonga area tonight! This photo was taken at Black Range Park."

Photo submitted by Tyler Grace of Tyler Grace Photography via our iPhone app: "Here is a shot I took of the lightning that was around the Albury-Wodonga area tonight! This photo was taken at Black Range Park."

Photo of last night's lightning storm tweeted to us by Jason Cartwright (@TechAU). Did you get a picture? Email newsroom@bordermail.com.au or use our iPhone app.

Photo of last night's lightning storm tweeted to us by Jason Cartwright (@TechAU). Did you get a picture? Email newsroom@bordermail.com.au or use our iPhone app.

Goele Schmitz emailed us this photo from Monument Hill.

Goele Schmitz emailed us this photo from Monument Hill.

Rhys Newling sent us this great pic via email.

Rhys Newling sent us this great pic via email.

James Wiltshire emailed us this photo: "I took these photos from Monument Hill last night."

James Wiltshire emailed us this photo: "I took these photos from Monument Hill last night."

James Wiltshire emailed us this photo: "I took these photos from Monument Hill last night."

James Wiltshire emailed us this photo: "I took these photos from Monument Hill last night."

Lachlan Pollard sent us these great lightning photos from Donnington Drive, Wodonga.

Lachlan Pollard sent us these great lightning photos from Donnington Drive, Wodonga.

Lachlan Pollard sent us these great lightning photos from Donnington Drive, Wodonga.

Lachlan Pollard sent us these great lightning photos from Donnington Drive, Wodonga.

Click or flick across to see some great reader photos from last night's lightning storm (iPhone app users tap the 'Photos' tab).

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A SUDDEN storm heading up the Ovens Valley caused a fire in steep country at Harrietville yesterday that fire crews were able to contain by last night.

The fire was started by lightning from a thunderstorm that dumped 16.5 millimetres of rain in one site.

A Department of Sustainability and Environment spokesman said the fire started about 2.45pm and was brought under control by 8pm.

The fire, in steep country covered by tall trees, burnt about two hectares.

The spokesman said the area had been blacked out by the big fires of 2003 and 2006, “but there was still a lot to burn in there”.

Meanwhile, lightning is also believed to responsible for several fires east of Albury-Wodonga overnight.

About two hectares was burnt in fire at Mount Brutal, east of Bullioh, while there was also small fires at Tallangatta and north of Bullioh.

Officially, the Border's spectacular lightning show brought no rain to Albury-Wodonga, although some areas, particularly north and east of Albury, experienced heavy downpours.

WEATHER:Today will be sunny across the region with temperatures in the mid- to high-30s.

Today is a day of very high fire danger in the North East and Riverina.

Michelle Hoppe messaged us this photo via our Facebook page: "From the hill behind Brewer Drive, Wodonga."

Michelle Hoppe messaged us this photo via our Facebook page: "From the hill behind Brewer Drive, Wodonga."

Melanie Daniels and Ayden O'Dwyer sent us this photo of the lightning show via our Facebook page.

Melanie Daniels and Ayden O'Dwyer sent us this photo of the lightning show via our Facebook page.

Natasha Curtis sent us this photo via our Facebook page: "I captured this lightning shot last night in West Wodonga. Amazing!"

Natasha Curtis sent us this photo via our Facebook page: "I captured this lightning shot last night in West Wodonga. Amazing!"

Kate Michael sent us this photo from Hamilton Valley.

Kate Michael sent us this photo from Hamilton Valley.