California: Over 4,400 Lightning Strikes in 24 Hours Spark 45 Fires

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 22, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Over 4,400 lightning strikes occurring in the past 24 hours have sparked 45 new fires in California, the state’s fire division said at 11 a.m. PDT.

The fires are all very small, with few above one acre.

The situations come after over 3,400 lightning strikes on August 19 and August 20 sparked over 40 new fires, some of which grew over 100 acres.

And on August 18 and August 19, over 25,400 lightning strikes sparked 100 new fires.

The fires come amid a red flag warning for dry weather in the northern part of the state, above Sacramento.

See a list of the new fires from the latest lightning strikes:

CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit
5 new fires, largest is less than an 1 acre

CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit
6 new fires, largest is less than 1 acre

FEDERAL FIRES

Lassen National Forest
2 new fires, largest is less than an 1 acre

Klamath National Forest
9 new fires, largest is 2-3 acres

Tahoe National Forest
1 new fire, largest is less than an 1 acre, fire is contained

Tahoe Management Unit
4 new fires, largest is less than an 1 acre, all fires contained

Modoc National Forest
8 new fires, largest fire is the Whitmore Fire 40 acres – 70% contained

Six Rivers National Forest
2 new fires, Roger Fire 4-5 acres, Lemonade Fire 2 acres

Plumas National Forest
4 new fires, largest is less than an 1 acre

Shasta-Trinity National Forest
1 new fire, fire is less than an 1 acre

BLM,  Northern California District
3 new fires, largest is less than an 1 acre

Information from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Read about six warning signs and the 16 deadliest places for lightning strikes here.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.