Jul 2, 2014 3:34 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
Lightning strikes on July first sparked five small fires across the eastern portion of the Plumas National Forest.
Four of the fires, between Dixie Valley and Frenchman Lake, were a tenth to a half acre ... the other burned five acres.
They have since been extinguished.
Forest officials say a sixth fire started in a structure and spread to vegetation... but was also contained quickly.
Meanwhile, the Susanville Interagency Fire Center is reporting seven lightning fires in its jurisdiction.
The largest is the Coleman Fire, which has blackened 1140 acres north of Alturas ... on Bureau of Land Management property.
The others are two acres or less ... north of Eagle Lake. All of the fires are staffed.
The forecast calls for more hot, dry conditions ahead with the possibility of more lightning.
Everyone is being encouraged to be especially mindful of the extreme risk for fire and play it safe over the 4th of July Holiday.