Thunderstorms create fires throughout Tahoe National Forest |

Thunderstorms create fires throughout Tahoe National Forest

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Thunderstorm activities brought the total amount of small fires burning throughout Tahoe National Forest to 17, U.S. Forest Service officials said Wednesday morning.

Lightning struck the forest 206 times on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, said Ann Westling, spokeswoman for the Tahoe National Forest.

The Truckee area was inundated with considerable rain and multiple lightning strikes overnight Wednesday. Three additional fires were sparked as a result of the storm, Westling said.

The following is a list of the fires in the Tahoe forest and their status:

One near the Cedars and#8212; about 5 miles south of Interstate 80 at Norden and#8212; 1/2 acre and#8212; Crew continuing with heavy mop-up and remained on the fire overnight.

One near Barker Pass and#8212; 4 miles from Lake Tahoe

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One on south eastern side of TNF and#8212; 5 miles from Lake Tahoe – 1/3 acre

One north of French Meadows Reservoir and#8212; contained

Two farther north of French Meadows Reservoir and#8212; north of Sunflower Hill and#8212; both controlled

One near Robinson Flat and#8212; contained

Three in or near the Granite Chief Wilderness and#8212; Smoke jumpers remained on scene last night working on two fires. One fire contained.

One east of Jackson Meadow Reservoir and#8212; contained

Two more near Jackson Meadow Reservoir – crews worked most of the evening

One north of Stampede Reservoir near Kyburz Flat and#8212; controlled

One near Old Man Mountain and#8212; north of Interstate 80 and#8212; controlled

One north of Interstate 80 near Rainbow off ramp and#8212; controlled

One near Signal Peak north of Interstate 80 and#8212; north of Cisco Grove and#8212; crews to head out today

Thunderstorms are expected to be active throughout today and the rest of the week, Westling said.