Lightning ignites fires in Southern California

The Associated Press

HIGHLAND ” Lightning from a weather disturbance moving across Southern California has ignited a half-dozen wildfires in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Forest spokesman John Miller says the fires broke out between daybreak and about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Five are in the rugged San Bernardino Mountains and one is in the San Jacinto Mountains to the southeast.

Miller says the two largest fires are close to each other and have burned about 100 acres combined.

The California Department of Transportation says the fires have caused closures on State Route 330.

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms, gusty winds and hail are possible through the day.

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