Sierra, state get hit by another round of lightning | SierraSun.com

Sierra, state get hit by another round of lightning

Sun staff report

TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST and#8212;-The last set of thunder storms netted 148 lightning strikes in the national forest, and 6,257 in the state, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

While associated precipitation kept fires from sparking Wednesday night, last summer dry lightning storms throughout the state started more than 1,000 wildfires, including nearby blazes along the North Fork of the American River and South Fork of the Yuba River, which filled Truckee and Tahoe with smoke for months.

and#8220;Given the amount of lightning we had last night, if we hadn’t had rain too we wouldn’t be roll-playing right now,and#8221; said Tom Quinn, forest supervisor for Tahoe National Forest during a wildfire simulation training Thursday.

Download a map of the lightning strikes attached to this article.