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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Fire near Foresthill closes parts of Tahoe National Forest

Smokey sky over Foresthill

Smoke lifts off hills in Placer County.
Mike TeSelle/KCRA


NEVADA CITY, Calif. (KCRA) —Parts of the Tahoe National Forest closed late Thursday after Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn signed an emergency closure order, according to a news release.

The release indicated that the American Fire area, including roads and trails within the area, are closed until further notice.

Only authorized personnel are allowed to be in the area, according to the release. Officials said Mosquito Ridge Road is open to public traffic.