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Occurred : 8/19/2004 22:00 (Entered as : 08/19/2004 22:00)
Reported: 8/22/2004 10:42:59 AM 10:42
Posted: 8/24/2004
Location: Mule Creek Canyon (on the Rogue River), OR
Shape: Fireball
Duration:10 seconds
Three very large lights at different times in the sky above the tree line. Military jets flying in the area.

We were on a rafting trip and camped near Mule Creek Canyon at a place called the Rogue River Ranch. There are no lights anywhere nearby so I was looking at stars with my binoculars. We could hear military jets in the area as the echo was loud off the canyon walls. I got back in my tent and was laying there looking out when I saw a large light in the sky above the tree line. I could hear other campers say "Did you see that?", so I jumped out of my tent with my binoculars. The light was gone. It had only lasted a few seconds. But about a minute later a large round orange light came on suddenly just above the trees. It was the size of a nickel held at arm's length. I looked at it through my binoculars and it was just a very bright light. I couldn't make out any structure. It disappeared after about 10 seconds.

I could still hear a jet in the distance and followed the jet with my binoculars. It was far away and many miles to the right of the light. All I could see was the red light on it's left wing as it made a huge sweeping turn to the left.

The next morning people were talking about the lights and someone said he had seen three different lights within about ten minutes. He thought it was the afterburner from the jets. I don't know what afterburner would look like but for it to have been that big in the sky I would think the jet would have to be visible nearby with the binoculars. The jet I saw was in a different part of the sky and very far away.