Thunderstorms ignite numerous fires on the Klamath National Forest

Yreka, Calif. August 10, 2019 – Thunderstorms moved across the area last night and the Klamath National Forest received a significant amount of lightning.

As of this morning the lightning had resulted in at least 14 new fires on the Goosenest, Happy Camp/Oak Knoll and Salmon/Scott Ranger Districts. All these fire are less than one acre in size, with several only a tenth of an acre. Forest Service resources are on scene of ten fires and firefighters are making their way in to the other four.

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All the ranger districts received significant moisture with these storms. Even with some areas getting a good wetting rain, the fuels dry out quickly and a small smoldering fire can quickly grow to a major fire.

Fire staff will continue to monitor the landscape for any additional fires that may show today or over the next few days. Please continue to be vigilant in preventing fires. To find out more about what you can do to prevent human caused, unwanted wildfires, please go to www.preventwildfireca.org.