More Lightning Expected Across The Klamath National Forest Today
Incident: Klamath National Forest Lightning Fires Wildfire
More Lightning Expected Across the Klamath National Forest Today
Yreka, CA –Since Wednesday, August 7, a total of 42 small lightning-caused fires have been discovered across the Klamath National Forest. There have been more than 1,400 strikes in total. Thunderstorms are expected to move through the area again tonight.
Each of these fires is currently staffed, if not already contained. There are four uncontained fires on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District and one on the Scott-Salmon River Ranger District. Four fires on the Goosenest Ranger District are all contained. The largest of these fires is estimated to be one-acre in size for a total of just over 15 acres for all of the fires combined. None seem to be threatening homes or other structures at this time.
Fire managers expect hold-over fires to become visible as the weather front pushes through the area and hotter, dryer conditions return. Though firefighting resources are spread somewhat thin due to the large wildfires on the Salmon River, crews are working hard in some very tough and inaccessible terrain to catch these lightning starts before they get big.
Although these fires were lightning-caused most wildfires in California are caused by people; this means they can be prevented. Every preventable wildfire puts fire fighters and the public at risk and reduces the response capability of fire departments to respond to the next fire. Please visit www.PreventWildfireCA.org to learn more about One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.