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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

California Lightning Fires Information / Maps

 3,989 of the strikes were recorded in the National Forests. Several large fires are actively burning throughout Kern County.

More lightning activity has been reported in the last 24 hours with an increase of recorded downstrikes. 10,966 lightning strikes hit California between 6:00 am on September 12th and 6:00 am on September 13th. The majority of strikes was recorded in Northern California, however the extreme southern tip of California also saw a cluster of downstrikes.

Locally, the Tahoe National Forest recorded 312 downstrikes, with a majority (163) on the Sierraville Ranger District. The Truckee District logged 61 and the Yuba District shows 88 downstrike for the past 24 hours.

Public Affairs Officer Ann Westling states "Heavy lightning hit the east side of the TNF; area north/south of Hwy 49 at Downieville; and north/south of the Middle Yuba River last evening. Rainfall was heavy at times. Four new fires are confirmed with crews heading out this morning. Crews will also be working to mop up the Middle Fire, 9 miles east of Foresthill in the Peavine area. Forecast for today and tonight calls for continued thunderstorms east and west of the Sierra crest with decreasing activity toward the end of the week."
Tahoe National Forest Lightning Map

California Lightning Map

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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