Thunderstorms have been prevalent throughout Northern California this week, and no area has seen more threatening weather activity than the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Over the past 24 hours, 126 lightning strikes have occurred within the national forest, a statistic that could be scary for any outdoor adventurer and fire crew alike. Luckily, only one small fire was ignited from the strikes, just northwest of Trinity Lake, and firefighters quickly located and isolated it.
Over the past 24 hours, 126 lightning strikes occurred within our forest boundary. Only one small fire was located NW of Trinity Lake. Trinity Helibase Firefighters located the fire and isolated it. No growth was expected overnight, and crews will recheck it later today. pic.twitter.com/NfsrA5Ym5o— Shasta-Trinity NF (@ShastaTrinityNF) June 16, 2019
While PG&E is taking extreme caution to shut off power in the event of high fire risk, this week has been a reminder that Mother Nature is more than capable of starting devastating fires.
More thunderstorms are predicted to last through Sunday. The National Weather Service is urging people to take shelter if threatening weather is on the horizon:
Model output of potential mountain locations of thunderstorms for this afternoon and evening. Boaters, campers and other outdoors man should seek shelter if they see threatening weather approaching. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/PsptqHQN3f— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) June 16, 2019
Stay safe out there!