Over 4,400 lightning strikes are recorded in California over past 24 hours

California Lightning Activity



August 22, 2013 – Over the past 24 hours over 4,400 lightning strikes occurred in Northern California sparking 45 new fires.

CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit
5 new fires, largest is less than an 1 acre

CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit
6 new fires, largest is less than 1 acre

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Silver Fire: Gov. Brown declares state of emergency as blaze grows to 18,000 acres


Late Friday, Gov. Jerry declared a state of emergency in Riverside County as the area of Silver Fire expanded to 18,000 acres.

Earlier in the day, state Sen. Bill Emerson, R-Redlands, whose district includes the area of the fire, sent a letter to the Governor asking for the declaration.

“I have been monitoring the situation closely and understand that Riverside County has declared a local state of emergency and plan to request that an emergency be declared by the state as well,” Emmerson said in a statement. “Given the severe risk to life and property, we must do all we can to protect the health and safety of residents in these communities.”

A state of emergency would allow state funding and resources to flow toward the affected area.

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Silver fire: Homes burning, 5,000 acres lost, no containment

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The Silver fire engulfs a home south of Banning on Wednesday evening. (KTLA / August 7, 2013)


By Jason Wells and Shelby GradAugust 7, 2013, 6:33 p.m.

A fast-moving brush fire south of Banning has burned more than 5,000 acres, injured one firefighter and destroyed numerous homes and structures.

CalFire reported “multiple structures involved” in the hamlet of Twin Pines. TV footage showed additional homes on fire in nearby Poppet Flats.

Firefighters were dealing with strong westerly winds that are expected to continue until sunset.

The fire was jumping through the rocky desert hillside, overtaking remote homes and other structures that dot the landscape.

There was no estimate on the number of structures destroyed, in part because the fire was spread out over a large area.

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