Sunday, June 22, 2008

Thunderstorms and Fires

Yesterday's severe thunderstorms with marble sized hail in Redding caused a series of fires to start from the lightning strikes.

Widespread thunderstorms rolling through the north state late Friday night and Saturday ignited scores of fires ranging in size from less than an acre to hundreds of acres in lightning-torn Trinity County.

The largest concentration of fires is known as the Lime Complex near Limedyke Mountain in the Hayfork Ranger District of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, forest spokesman Mike Odle said. The Lime Complex in Trinity County includes 30 fires burning more than 1,000 acres, Odle said.

Another large complex of fires is called the Iron Complex in the Big Bar Ranger District near Junction City off Highway 299. Multiple fires are burning 350 acres in the Iron Complex, Odle said.

Some 3,000 lightning strikes spawned 75 fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest from Friday night to Saturday afternoon, and fire officials were bracing for more thunderstorms Saturday night, Odle said. Forest Service officials still were assessing the fires’ acreage Saturday afternoon.

Lightning sparks fires

Number of fires by agency:

Shasta County Cal Fire: 52.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest: 75.

Whiskeytown National Park: 5.

Tehama County Cal Fire: 30-plus.

Siskiyou County Cal Fire: 6.

Klamath National Forest: 150-acre Happy Camp Fire.

Lassen National Forest: 9.

Lassen-Modoc Grange Unit: 23.

Lassen-area BLM: 3.