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Plumas National Forest Fire Crews Busy With Lightning Fires


Firefighters have quickly contained and controlled a handful of small fires within the Plumas National Forest resulting from more than 100 lightning strikes Tuesday.

Lee Anne Schramel with the Forest Service says the largest of the fires was about two-and one-half acres near Murdock Crossing in the northeastern part of the Forest.

"We're getting the small fires that we always anticipate that's a function of a lightning storm,” said Schramel. “We have quite a few firefighters and engines doing what we call being 'staged' across the forest."

She said ‘staging’ places crews throughout the forest so they can react more quickly to fires.

Schramel said several more small fires started Wednesday due to lightning in the central and eastern portions of the Plumas National Forest.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 7:15 p.m. Wednesday for Plumas County. The warning includes Lake Almanor and State Route 89 in that area.

The purple diamonds are lightning strikes, and red circles are lightning fires. / US Forest Service

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Ed Joyce

Former All Things Considered Anchor & Reporter

Ed Joyce is a former reporter and All Things Considered news anchor at Capital Public Radio. Ed is a veteran journalist with experience in a variety of news positions across all media platforms, including radio, television, web and print.   Read Full Bio 

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