Over 100 Lightning Strikes Cause 10 Wildfires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Photo: U.S. Forest Service

Lightning strikes were prevalent throughout Northern California over the weekend, causing numerous small wildfires from Mount Shasta all the way down to the Easter Sierra. In the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, over 100 strikes caused at least 10 small wildfires between Thursday and Sunday morning.

The smokejumpers and firefighting aircraft of NorCal were busy over the weekend, responding to each of the fires and suppressing most of them on the spot. Many of the fires stayed under an acre, with only two of them expanding to more than two acres. The most fire activity was seen near the area of the Trinity River between Weaverville and Big Bar.

Here are the updates from each of the wildfires from the U.S. Forest Service:

South Fork Management Unit (Hayfork)
Pelletreau Fire
– 1/10 acre (CONTAINED)
Grassy Fire – 1/10 acre            

Trinity River Management Unit (Big Bar, Weaverville)
Waldorf Fire
(Wilderness) – 1/4 acres, staffed by 7 smokejumpers. Contained, in mop up.
Logan Fire (Wilderness, on Manzanita Ridge, visible from Highway 299 near Helena) – .75 acres, staffed by a Type 2 Initial Attack crew and an engine.
North Fire (Wilderness, also on Manzanita Ridge) – single-tree snag, staffed by 3 smoke jumpers and one engine.
Corral Fire (near Corral Bottom)- 1.5 acres, staffed with an engine and a type 2 crew.
Linton Fire (East side of Trinity Lake, visible from the lake yesterday) – 2.5 acres, hit hard yesterday with aircraft, held overnight. Staffed by Shasta Lake IHC, an engine, and a water tender from Trinity Center VFD. Aircraft is also committed. Crews will work to get hose around the fire today.              

Shasta Lake District (Shasta Lake)
Brock Fire
– 1/10 acre
Yellow Jacket Fire – 1/10 acre     

Shasta McCloud Management Unit (Mt. Shasta)
Deer Fire
– 2 acres

Just west of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest was significant lightning activity in Lassen and Plumas national forests. Lightning occurred at a high pace on Friday and Saturday, seen from areas of Susanville all the way down to the North Tahoe area:

The lightning is expected to subside on Sunday.

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