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Lightning Sparks Concern for Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Lightning Sparks Concern for Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Posted: Jul 20, 2018 6:43 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif - A fire weather warning and watch is in effect for parts of Northern California.

But crews with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest aren't taking this lightly and are taking every step to protect our area.

"From last weekend’s lightning we are continuing to fly daily reconnaissance flights and we will continue to do that through the weekend especially with the lightning coming," said Ben Newburn a Firest Fire Management Officer with the National Forest. 

Lightning is expected to roll in Friday night and with each lightning strike that hits the ground , there's a chance for a fire.

Crews tell Action News Now they've called in crews from all over the state to aid in the fire prevention.

At this time, crews are monitoring possible strikes through various methods including aerial detection, ground searches, and other technologies.

"There are a number of ways to detect lighting strikes mostly through satellite detection. Those technologies in combination with our various reconnaissance missions you know mountain top look outs, aviation and such things," said Newburn. 

Their biggest concern being, even if lightning strikes this weekend, a fire may not pop up right away.

"If a strike were to happen a few days ago a fire could take a day or two to pop up," said Newburn. 

Crews add while they're working on preventing one fire, they ask residents to please remain vigilant and not start another.

"There is always that chance of a human caused fire so make sure they're having thier camp fires in a safe and prudent way," said Newburn. 

A burn restriction is in affect for the forest during the weekend of July 20th. 

The restrictions include: 

1. No fires outside designated sites. Designated sites include developed recreation sites and designated fire safe sites. Please refer to the list of designated sites available for free at forest offices or online at: https://go.usa.gov/xUNgQ.

2. No smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle, building, or at a developed recreation site or designated fire safe site.

3. No operation of internal combustion engines, except below the high waterline on Shasta Lake, Trinity Lake and Iron Canyon Reservoir or on designated National Forest System roads or trails. Please refer to the 2014 Shasta-Trinity National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) available for free at offices or online at https://go.usa.gov/xU5Ya.

4. No welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.

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