Thunderstorms spark 11 fires |

Thunderstorms spark 11 fires

Thunderstorms producing lightning and more than an inch of rain sparked 11 fires in and around Alpine County Wednesday afternoon.

Laura Williams, public affairs officer for the Carson Ranger District, said all the fires were less than an acre in size. More than 30 Forest Service firefighters were trying to control the small blazes at 4:30 p.m.

“It’s really common for a lightning strike to just start one tree on fire,” Williams said. She said no structures were in danger.

The storm only produced a half an inch of rain at South Lake Tahoe as it passed through quickly.

Terry Ryan, National Weather Service specialist in Reno, said South Shore residents should expect the same weather tomorrow, with afternoon thunderstorms clearing off by night and cooling things off for the weekend. Weekend lows are expected to be 30 to 40 degrees with highs in the mid-70s.

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