90 lighting strikes in region start five fires Sunday and Monday
TRUCKEE – The region got off light in the last round of lightning storms, with 67 strikes Sunday and 23 Monday in Tahoe National Forest, compared to 8,370 in all of California and more than 13,000 in Nevada, but they still managed to start five fires – four near Sierraville and Loyalton, and one on the crest north of Squaw Valley.
Called the Tinker Fire because of its proximity to Tinkers Knob between Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl, crews already have the less-than-1-acre blaze in mop-up, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
On Tuesday Ann Westling, spokeswoman for Tahoe National Forest, said the roughly 100-foot-by-100-foot blaze on the east side of the Sierra Crest is under control, with personnel patrolling.
Up north near Sierraville and Loyalton, the Marten Fire (1 acre), Mill Fire (1 acre) Neck Fire (3 acres) and Bar Fire (1.5 acres) are all either contained or out, according to forest service.
Lassen, Modoc, Shasta and Siskiyou counties have tallied more than 15 lightning-started fires from Sunday’s round of storms, the largest of which has consumed about 1,700 acres near the community of Doyle in Lassen County – claiming at least three structures.
No injuries have been reported, according to the Associated Press.
Down south, The Potato and Mono fires in Mono County have burned roughly a combined 1,5O00 acres near Bridgeport and Mono Lake, respectively.
Overall, Calfire has reported 75 new confirmed fires in the state.
In Nevada, the 220-acre Roberts fire near Hallelujah Junction north of Reno was reported to be about 50 percent contained, and the 40-acre Garson fire near Verdi is under control, according to the Associated Press.
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