(UPDATE) 4:30 p.m.- All of the fires caused by today's lightning strikes held less than one acre, many consisting of a single tree or small sport, according to a Cal Fire press release. Only one of the fires in a remote area near Bottle Creek above Stirling City remains staffed by firefighting personnel. Fire crews will continue to patrol and monitor the county.
(UPDATE) 12:07 p.m.- Cal Fire has just told Action News moments ago of the eight fires caused by this morning's lightning strikes, five are fully contained and the remaining fires are in remote areas and are posing no threat to structures or communities. The rains which accompanied the lightning strikes played a critical role in helping keep the fires small. We will update you if that situation changes.
According to the US National Weather Service in Sacramento, their have been over 6,585 confirmed lightning strikes in the Northern California region between 4 p.m. June 9 and 9 a.m. June 10. The Cal Fire Regional Operations Center in Redding has ordered a region-wide special Staffing patterns, which holds all fire fighting personnel on duty in anticipation of multiple fire incidents as a result of the lightning activity.
Butte COunty Cal Fire has received several reports of smoke in the Forrest Ranch and Chohasset areas, but no confirmed reports of any units at those scenes. Air support is expected to arrive shortly to assist on identifying exact locations and report updated conditions. Action News will bring you any fire updates online and Cort Klopping will bring you an updated Forecast at noon.