Federal Fire Officials Thankful for No Major Fire Starts after latest Round of Lightning Storms

Aug 7, 2015 7:48 PM by News Staff

The following is a report from the U.S. Forest Service released Friday afternoon:

After a relatively average start to the 2015 fire season in northern California, activity has picked up significantly due to mostly dry lightning periods.

Light showers did accompany Thursday's thunderstorms with a couple hundred lightning strikes reported; only one confirmed wildfire had been reported so far. Occasional isolated thunderstorms are expected this week in the northern mountains.

With increased fire activity, the U.S. Forest Service has been focusing efforts on initial attack utilizing heavy aviation and ground resources. Although there are large fires and complexes in the region, the vast number of starts is small with pre-positioned crews, out of state resources, and several jumps made by the California Smokejumpers based out of Redding.

Many of the large fires and complexes began during heavy lightning in late July. With the Frog Fire now 100 percent contained, there are seven incident management teams committed to eight large active fires or complexes. Cooperation and communication has been critical as the agency prepares and engages in staffing wildfires to more efficiently manage resources.

Not all of our resources are committed; many crews are staged in areas prepared to quickly mobilize as new reports of starts from lightning and human-caused fires are received. Additional air resource advisors have been brought in to coordinate air quality effects from the fires.

These advisors set up and operate portable particulate monitoring and meteorological instruments that can provide data for forecasting; in addition, they identify areas at risk and coordinate with air districts, county health departments, and others to get information to the public. As situations with the wildfires change, these advisors adjust the location of the temporary monitors to gain information about an area that is impacted. For more information, go to: http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/.


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