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WILLOWS, Calif. Aug. 16, 2020 – Fire crews on the Mendocino National Forest are responding to several fires started by lightning after thunderstorms passed over the area early Sunday, Aug. 16. A few fires are reported on the Grindstone Ranger District including one in the Snow Mountain Wilderness. One fire is reported on the Covelo Ranger District northeast of Covelo near Leech Lake.

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Additional resources have been ordered to assist with initial attack. Our primary wildfire response strategy for 2020 is aggressive initial attack and rapid containment to minimize the number of large wildfires. More information will be provided as it becomes available.