Lightning causes multiple fires in the Sierra |

Lightning causes multiple fires in the Sierra

Sun staff report
Courtesy of the Tahoe National ForestLightning strikes from the Tuesday afternoon storm touched down all over California

Tuesday afternoon’s lightning outburst hit the Tahoe National Forest with 155 strikes turning into approximately 21 small fires in the Truckee-Sierraville area by 7:45 p.m.

As of early Tuesday evening many of the fires were burning in remote, high-elevation areas of the forest. Airborne firefighters, or “Smoke Jumpers,” were enroute to some of those fires, according to Ann Westling, Tahoe National Forest spokeswoman.

“Currently these fires are all small and fire crews are hitting them hard with handcrews, engines, air tanker and helicopter support,” Westling said Tuesday.

The Tahoe National Forest had 155 lightning strikes in a four-hour period Tuesday afternoon. The Martis Peak Fire Lookout reported 57 strikes in Eastern Nevada and Sierra counties.